GAO comes down on Bush administration videos that promote new Medicare law
Congressional investigators are targeting videos the Bush administration has made to promote the new Medicare law. The videos were made to look like news reports -- and didn't disclose that they had been paid for by the government. The General Accounting Office says the administration violated a prohibition against using public money for propaganda. Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg asked for the inquiry. Lautenberg says he's going to introduce legislation to force President Bush's re-election campaign to pay for the videos. Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry says the situation is another example of how the White House has "misrepresented its Medicare plan." A health department spokesman blames TV stations that he says "chose not to identify the source of the material."
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