Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Earn $4,000 Fast -- Find Seniors Who Support Medicare Drug Cards

According to a piece in The Hill yesterday "A Republican lobbying firm is offering healthcare consultants almost $4,000 each to find senior citizens who are willing to speak out in favor of the Medicare drug discount card and write letters to Congress thanking members for saving them money on pharmaceuticals."

"The DCI Group, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying shop that advertises to potential clients that it can treat “corporate issues like campaigns,” is offering healthcare consultants $3,750 plus expenses over six weeks to generate positive news stories about the drug card and offer support to Congress for voting for the Medicare drug law. "They want "seniors, families of seniors and healthcare community leaders “to send letters to their congressman and senators thanking them for supporting the Medicare benefit, or asking for that support in the future.
We have help available to write letters if the signer is not comfortable drafting the letter entirely on their own.”

And I'm sure it will come as a great surprise to you that "
Tony Feather, who helped found the DCI Group, reportedly has close ties to President Bush’s top political adviser, Karl Rove."

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