Audio and transcript of this call are available and seem to undercut the NEA’s original claims that this was not about political campaigning. As they say, the cover up can be worse than the crime.
The context of the NEA conference call is laid out in another very detailed article that follows at Big Hollywood.
All evidence points to the fact that the conference call was a ruse, a front for a White House using Skolnik as a kind of beard in order to put an innocent spin on their abuse of the NEA and two non-partisan volunteer organizations (United We Serve – an initiative overseen by The Corporation for National and Community Service – a federal agency, and the White House’ Office of Public Engagement).
The goal: To motivate a group of hand-picked pro-Obama artists (grant recipients or those wanting grants) to push the President’s flagging agenda, especially health care — and to funnel this promotion through the ACORN related- Serve.gov website. (source)
Be sure to read it all.
It seems the crime may be using federal funds, the granting or threat of withholding NEA grants to artists based on how politically useful they have been. It will be interesting to see what else Breitbart has due to his drip, drip, drip release of the ACORN videos. At the very least is the implication of reward followed by the NEA covering up the purpose of the call.
drip, drip, drip…