Attempting to intimidate the Gallop Organization from releasing unemployment data that was critical of the Obama administration

As reported in American Thinker in Aug 2012:

Within days of the Gallup Organization issuing, essentially, a veiled warning to the Obama gang about tinkering with unemployment numbers, Obama’s DOJ jumped, jackboots first, into a multi-million dollar legal action against Gallup, in a case initiated by a former Obama operative.

Gallup’s monthly unemployment survey of 30,000 adults is arguably the most comprehensive research done on the nation’s jobless situation, other than the Bureau of Labor Statistics study of 60,000 households.

Gallup has published a report calling into question discrepancies between its unadjusted research and what is being tallied in the adjusted O-fficial statistics. In reporting in its latest jobless numbers — in a commentary titled August Unemployment Not Looking Good — Gallup noted (emphases added): “Regardless, barring heroic adjustments or a sharp change in direction, Gallup data suggest the seasonally adjusted U.S. unemployment rate for August will increase — possibly substantially — when announced in early September.”

In other words, Gallup said the only way unemployment numbers don’t go up next month is if someone in Obamaland puts a finger on the scale.

The DOJ couldn’t just idly stand by while some uppity news organization told Americans the truth about the unemployment figures right in middle of an election season, so they jumped onto a lawsuit that had been meandering its way through the courts for almost 3 years. The timing of the DOJ action and the personal involvement of Senior Obama Campaign adviser David Axelrod, who had asked that Gallop officials come to the White House and explain their methodology right before the lawsuit was filed, suggest the case was anything but business as usual.

One Gallop employee noted in an email: “Imagine Axel[rod] with Brando’s voice: ‘[Name redacted], I’d like you to come over and explain your methodology…You got a nice poll there….would be a shame if anything happened to it…”

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