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Topic - Jeff Nussbaum
On top of the more than half a million dollars it spends on speechwriters, the White House is using tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on a public relations firm headed by Democratic image maker Michael Sheehan — once dubbed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as an "extraordinary media coach" who helped her master the teleprompter.
President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. pledged to end abuse of no-bid contracting and require competitive bidding on nearly all contract orders for more than $25,000 across the federal government. But the White House has made at least one exception.
Mr. Nussbaum, who previously wrote speeches for former Vice President Al Gore, among other prominent Democrats, is a principal at the Washington speechwriting firm West Wing Writers.
Mr. Carney said Mr. Nussbaum writes up to six "important and substantial" speeches a month for Mr. Biden.