Obamacare success story: PR firms cash in promoting disastrous rollout

President Barack Obama gives a 'thumbs-up' to a group of World War II veterans sitting behind him on stage following his speech at the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France, June 6, 2009. (White House photo)President Barack Obama gives a ‘thumbs-up’ to a group of World War II veterans sitting behind him on stage following his speech at the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France, June 6, 2009. (White House photo)

Meanwhile, Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, announced Tuesday that he issued a subpoena for records from a contractor that worked on the site, citing concerns about data security.

The Buying Time subcontract isn’t the first stimulus money the administration has spent for public relations and ad purposes.

The Times reported last year that nearly a half-million dollars in federal stimulus funds were spent on a public relations firm to run more than 100 spots on MSNBC shows hosted by Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann to tout the administration’s green job training efforts.

The Times in 2011 traced how nearly $1 million in broadband funding went to help produce an online soap opera co-starring Billy Dee Williams, which officials said would help provide an incentive for people to connect to the Internet.

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