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The White House for the first time Sunday somewhat acknowledged that people across the country received unsolicited e-mails last week on health care from the administration, suggesting the problem on third-party groups it claimed placed the recipients' names on the distribution list.
One possible reason for the confusion was that advocacy groups, when dealing with online petitions, were sending in contact information whenever they made contact with the White House -- the e-mail addresses affiliated with members or petition-signers could then have become embedded in the White House distribution list
CapWiz, owned by Capitol Advantage, is a widely-used online service that sets up a line of communication between everyday people and officials. But a company representative said the program does not automatically sign up people for e-mails from the office they're contacting.
Axelrod e-mail was sent by a company called GovDelivery. That company, based in Minnesota, bills itself as the world's leading provider of government-to-citizen communication solutions and says its e-mail service provides an automated, on-demand public communication system. GovDelivery does extensive work with a bevy of federal, state and local agencies, including a number of Cabinet-level departments. But Scott Burns, president of the company, told FOX News he had no comment on whether the White House used his firm to send out the Axelrod e-mails.
The White House confirmed to FOX News that it hired a private communications company based in Minnesota to distribute mass e-mails, helping to shed light on how some recipients received e-mails in support of President Obama's health care plan without signing up for them.
Seems like Foxnews was the one pushing the issue on this. Everyone else seem to be afraid to take on the WH.