O is for Outsourcing | Washington Free Beacon
The Obama campaign spent nearly $4,700 on telemarketing services from a Canadian telemarketing company called Pacific East between March and June, a Washington Free Beacon study of federal election filings shows.
Pacific East is not the only overseas telemarketing firm raking in cash from the president’s reelection campaign. Obama paid a call center in Manila, Philippines $78,314.10 for telemarketing services between the start of the campaign and March.
Pacific East is headquartered in British Columbia, Canada, though the
campaign issued more than a dozen checks to a P.O. box located in
Washington State—about 1,000 feet from the Canadian border and 9 miles from its headquarters in Canada.
Neither Obama for America nor Pacific East returned requests for comment.
Obama has blasted Republican nominee Mitt Romney as an “outsourcer in chief” after the Washington Post
published a story Friday about his private equity firm’s role in
outsourcing factory jobs overseas. Vice President Joe Biden blasted
Romney Tuesday as a “true believer” in outsourcing while stumping in the former governor’s native Michigan.
Some of Obama’s biggest supporters have endorsed outsourcing as
necessary to a healthy world economy. Psycho-historian Paul Krugman, who
pens the New York Times blog “Conscience of a Liberal,” is a
stalwart defender of outsourcing. In the run up to the 2004 election, he
criticized Democratic leaders, including New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, for criticizing the Bush administration on outsourcing.
“Outsourcing is less than a threat than is widely perceived,” Krugman said in an interview with The Left Coaster.
“The reason it seems so bad right now is we have a generally weak
economy and generally poor employment. If that were improved, then we’d
have a very different perspective on it and it would require pretty
Obama’s outsourcing was not limited to telemarketing. The Daily Caller reports
that Obama also booked flights through corporate travel company
Egencia’s Bellevue, Washington office. Egencia maintains a large
presence in southeast Asia, including call centers in India and China.
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