Obamacare Contractor Faces Renewed Conflict-of-Interest Allegations

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As enrollment in Obamacare’s federal health insurance exchange reopens, congressional Republicans are again raising conflict of interest questions in light of a shake-up among top executives at a major Obamacare contractor that they say could give one insurer an unfair advantage.

At issue is a major contract awarded over the summer to Quality Software Services Inc. (QSSI). The Department of Health and Human Services brought on QSSI to mitigate a disastrous rollout of Healthcare.gov, the website for online enrollment in Obamacare’s federally run exchanges.

Larry Lessig Clings to Failure

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Lawrence Lessig’s “Super PAC to end Super PACs” was a failure during the midterm elections, but the Harvard professor is clinging to the notion that opposition to money in politics can sway close political races.

Democracy Alliance State Spending Plans Revealed

Lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C., where Democracy Alliance members are meeting this week

A secretive club of wealthy liberal donors met this week to plan the disbursement of tens of millions of dollars into state political campaigns and to discuss how they can circumvent legal restrictions on political coordination to elect Democratic candidates at the state level.

Through behind-the-scenes collaboration and a budget that those involved hope will reach nine figures, the Democracy Alliance, a massive network of high-dollar Democratic donors, hopes to turn the tide of recent Republican gains in state legislatures and governorships.