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Obamacare Website Company CGI Federal Contributed to Obama Campaign
October 30, 2013

Have you heard of CGI Federal? It’s the company that received a $678 million no-bid contract to develop the  disaster that is It is also the company whose officials are now  coming under scrutiny for the roll out of the Obamacare exchange web portal.  But  it also seems like those officials are also buddy-buddy with the Obama  administration.

According to The Daily Caller, Toni Townes-Whitley, a senior vice  president at CGI Federal, is a Princeton classmate of First Lady Michelle Obama. Townes-Whitley and Mrs. Obama are both members of are both  members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.

As  reported by the Washington Examiner in early October, the Department of Health  and Human Services reviewed only CGI’s bid for the Obamacare account. CGI was  one of 16 companies qualified under the Bush administration to provide certain  tech services to the federal government. A senior vice president for the  company  testified this week before The House Committee on Energy and Commerce  that four  companies submitted bids, but did not name those companies or explain  why only  CGI’s bid was considered.

According to Federal Election Commission Records, Toni Townes-Whitley gave  $500 in 2011 and 2012 to Obama’s reelection, and another $1,000 to the Obama  Victory Fund.

The  Washington Examiner reports that senior officials at CGI Federal had  White House access. Before being granted the no-bid contract, CGI Federal  officials attended several invitation only addresses by President Obama. White  House visitor logs show that “CGI Federal President Donna Ryan visited the  White  House six times prior to her company being selected to do the IT design  work  behind the high-profile website.”

Two of the meetings attended by CGI executives were with Vivek Kundra,  Obama’s chief information officer. Kundra was a key figure in Obama  administration information technology initiatives across the government.

Ryan met Kundra on June 21, 2010, in the latter’s Old Executive Office  Building office, according to the White House visitor logs.

In addition to the $88 million contract awarded to CGI Federal for the  health-insurance exchange website, the company has received a total of $422  million in contracts related to Obamacare since the legislation was signed into  law, according  to Bloomberg News.

Fox  News reported a number of occasions in which the company had failed to  meet deadlines or experienced botched launches similar to that seen with the  launch of

“In projects stretching from Canada to Hawaii, parent company CGI Group and  its subsidiaries ran into complaints about its performance,” Fox reported.

“The morning I heard CGI was behind [], I said, my God, no  wonder that thing doesn’t work,” said James Bagnola, a Texas-based corporate  consultant who was hired by the Hawaii Department of Taxation (DOTAX) in 2008,  to Fox News.

Bagnola suggested that CGI has been shrewd politically, giving to both  Democrats and Republicans at both the state and federal levels. In the case of  Hawaii, Bagnola said the company was able to continue to work on the DOTAX  contract despite repeated complaints from management and a “corrosive”  environment in which government employees felt pitted against CGI staff. This  was noted in the final 2010 audit.

“I don’t have an ax to grind here, except I was just trying to do my job for  this team and stop the state of Hawaii from being ripped off,” he said.

According to campaign records at, CGI Group contributed  $345,600 to federal candidates and parties — both Democratic and Republican —   during the 2011-12 cycle. Some $147,000 went to the Republican Governors  Association; and $35,000 to the Democratic Governors Association. The company  spent $400,000 in lobbying expenditures between 2011 and 2012.

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