Ben LaBolt, President Obama’s campaign spokesman, claimed on Twitter that the Republican National Committee, “following their nominee’s example,” has “apparently been outsourced to Manila.”
— Ben LaBolt (@BenLaBolt) May 3, 2012
The link to the story goes to a preposterous Lynn Sweet blog post in the Chicago Sun-Times. “The Republican National Committee on Thursday stepped up its assault on President Barack Obama in advance of his campaign formal kick off Saturday in Ohio and Virginia–hitting him on ‘high unemployment’ in the U.S. as the RNC used a firm located in the Philippines to set up the ‘messaging’ call,” writes Sweet.
She adds: “When I called in for the conference call, I asked where the operator I talked to was based and was told Manila.”
The actual company the RNC used to host this conference call was Verizon. It is exactly the same company Obama for America has paid at least $4,900 since the beginning of President Obama’s reelection effort.
Moreover, Obama for America in February paid $78,314.10 to a company called Donor Services Group, LLC for “Telemarketing Services.” In fact, that company, which the Obama team uses, outsources to Manila. “DSG operated three four different calling operations,” the Telemarketing Service Agreement states. “[I]ts ‘Manila’ program which uses a contracted call center in Manila, Phillipines to make inexpensive calls designed to reinstate older lapsed donors more affordably.”
Sweet, for her part, has just now updated her post to reflect the fact that the RNC used Verizon. “The RNC used a Verizon conference calling system,” she ads. And she acknowledges that Verizon’s chief is close to President Obama: “[N]ote that Obama in 2010 tapped then Verizon chairman Ivan Seidenberg to the White House export council.”
But will Ben LaBolt acknowledge the hypocrisy of paying a firm that outsources to Manila while falsely accusing others of doing the same thing?