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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.
He also said Mr. Biden gives a lot of speeches and, with only one-full time speechwriter on staff for Mr. Biden, there was a need for extra help.
Mr. Nussbaum didn't want to join the staff as a full-time hire, he said.