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Was President Obama "close" to the Save-A-Life Foundation? White House Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith gives me the runaround for four months

Was President Obama "close" to the Save-A-Life Foundation? White House Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith gives me the runaround for four months

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Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2011 12:19:09 -0400From: "Peter M. Heimlich" <pmh@medfraud.info>To: kori.schulman@REDACTEDSubject: media inquiry
Kori SchulmanDeputy Director of Digital ContentThe White HouseHello Kori,It was nice to speak with you on the phone this morning and thanks for your offer to forward this to the appropriateWhite House media representative. I'd appreciate it if you'd courtesy-copy me just so I know where my inquiry is beingdirected.For my blog I'm reporting about published statements regarding President Obama's relationship with the Save-A-LifeFoundation (SALF) when he served as an Illinois state senator and as a US senator.Since November 2006, SALF, a Chicago-area nonprofit, has been the subject of a few dozen critical media reports.Here are three, including an article in
The Hill 
reporting that SALF is under investigation by the Illinois AttorneyGeneral's Charitable Trust Bureau (CTB). At least one federal agency is also involved.11/16-17/06:
by Chuck Goudie, ABC7 Chicago10/11/10:D
 by Julian Pecquet,
The Hill 
11/17/10:
 by Don Bauder, San Diego ReaderHere are my questions.According to this June 23, 2011
Huffington Post 
report, 
by Will Guzzardi:
(Gery) Chico was, by his own admission, a supporter of the (Save-A-Life Foundation) in 1999: as president of the Chicago school board, he signed a resolution praising SALF and certifying that it had trained thousands of CPS students. But he wasn't the only one to support SALF: politicians as formidable as Barack Obama and Arne Duncan were close to the group.
1) Is it accurate to say that "Barack Obama was close to the Save-A-Life Foundation"? If not, please explain.
2) The
Huffington Post 
article links toa February 27, 2006 SALF statement that includes:
Save A Life Foundation (SALF) President and Founder Carol Spizzirri recently spoke with U.S. Senator Barack Obama...regarding SALF’s future lifesaving efforts....While in the Illinois legislature together, Obama and current Illinois Senate President Emil Jones werealways supportive of SALF’s efforts to train Illinois schoolchildren in life-sustaining skills for free.
Are any parts of the above sentences inaccurate? If so, please explain.Thanks again for your help and I look forward to hearing from one of your colleagues. I'm happy to be patient while myquestions are being researched, but I'd welcome a quick e-mail from the staffer who'll be handling my inquiry.
Sincerely,Peter M. HeimlichAtlantaph: (208)474-7283website: Medfraudblog: 
cc:
Julian Pecquet,
The Hill 
Will Guzzardi,
Huffington Post 
P.S. I'm not sharing your personal e-mail address with the individuals who are courtesy-copied on this (or with anyoneelse).
 
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2011 16:10:50 -0400From: "Peter M. Heimlich" <pmh@medfraud.info>To: kori.schulman@REDACTEDSubject: Re: media inquiry
Hello Kori - What's the status of my inquiry, please? Thanks, Peter
NO REPLY
From: Peter M. Heimlich <pmh@medfraud.info>Sent: Thursday, August 04, 2011 12:33 PMTo: Smith, Jamie <Jamie_E_Smith@who.eop.gov>Subject: media inquiryJamie SmithDeputy Press SecretaryThe White House
Dear Ms. Smith,I'd appreciate your help with an article I'm reporting for my blog re: published claims about President Obama that date fromhis years in the Illinois and US Senate.Briefly, last Monday I phoned the White House switchboard, explained the nature of my inquiry, and was transferred to KoriSchulman, the Deputy Director of Digital Content. When we spoke, she informed me that my inquiry was outside her jobresponsibility, but she offered to forward my inquiry to the appropriate White House media representative. Immediately afterour conversation, I e-mailed her the July 25 inquiry copied below my signature. By week's end, I didn't receive a reply, so lastFriday I followed up with a friendly nudge e-mail and voice message to Ms. Schulman.I didn't receive any response from her or from anyone else in your office so I thought you might be willing to help speed thisplow. Any assistance you can offer to expedite my inquiry would be most welcome.Thanks for your attention and I look forward to receiving the answers to my questions. As I wrote to Ms. Schulman, I'm happyto be patient while my questions are being researched, but I'd welcome a quick e-mail from you or another staff member so Iknow that my inquiry is being processed.
Sincerely,Peter M. HeimlichAtlantaph: (208)474-7283website: Medfraudblog: 
From: "Smith, Jamie" <Jamie_E_Smith@who.eop.gov>To: "Peter M. Heimlich" <pmh@medfraud.info>Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2011 16:47:18 -0400Subject: RE: media inquiry
Thanks for your email.I will check in to this and get back to you as soon as I can.Best.Jamie
 _____________________________Jamie E. SmithDeputy White House Press Secretary202-456-3293 (desk)/202-503-5808 (cell)Jamie_E_Smith@who.eop.gov 
 
Date: Sun, 07 Aug 2011 17:05:47 -0400From: "Peter M. Heimlich" <pmh@medfraud.info>To: "Smith, Jamie" <Jamie_E_Smith@who.eop.gov>Subject: Re: media inquiry
Jamie,You're welcome. I appreciate your help and look forward to hearing from you again.Sincerely,Peter
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 08:36:27 -0400From: "Peter M. Heimlich" <pmh@medfraud.info>To: "Smith, Jamie" <Jamie_E_Smith@who.eop.gov>Subject: Re: media inquiry
Good morning Jamie,What's the status of my July 25 inquiry, please?Sincerely,Peter
Peter M. HeimlichAtlantaph: (208)474-7283website: Medfraudblog: 
From: "Smith, Jamie" <Jamie_E_Smith@who.eop.gov>To: "Peter M. Heimlich" <pmh@medfraud.info>Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 08:36:37 -0400Subject: Out of Office: media inquiry
I will be out of the office through August 19th. Please contact my colleague Josh Earnest if you needanything or the main press line at 202-456-2580. Thank you.
 _____________________________Jamie E. SmithDeputy White House Press Secretary202-456-3293 (desk)/202-503-5808 (cell)Jamie_E_Smith@who.eop.gov 
From: Peter M. Heimlich <pmh@medfraud.info>Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 2:08 PMTo: Smith, Jamie <Jamie_E_Smith@who.eop.gov>Subject: Re: media inquiry
Jamie,What's the status of my July 25 inquiry, please?My third try on this - hope it's the charm (smile).
Sincerely,Peter Peter M. HeimlichAtlantaph: (208)474-7283website: Medfraudblog: The Sidebar 

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