The nonprofit executive overseeing the White House's Obamacare youth video contest is the disgraced ACORN group's former top lobbyist, reports UK's Daily Mail. The contest is co-branded by the Department of Health & Human Services and Young Invincibles, "an independent organization that operates under the fiscal sponsorship of the Center for Community Change." The Center is run by Deepak Bhargava, who ran legislative affairs for ACORN before scandals forced the group into bankruptcy. The video contest's cash prizes will be paid by HHS through its Obamacare outreach budget, reports the Huffington Post.
Young Invincibles donors include Atlantic Philanthropies, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, California Endowment, Nathan Cummings Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Women’s Foundation of California. It receives "a small percentage" of its funding as a sub-recipient of state health care outreach grants in New York and the Washington, DC.
Matthew Vadum of the Capital Research Center, author of a book on ACORN, told the Mail, "Having the slippery former ACORN lobbyist Deepak Bhargava hand out the cash for the video contest is just another way that Obama is rewarding his old buddies in the radical left-wing world of community organizing."