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Campaign Tools for Space Policy Restructuring?

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
December 5, 2008

Obama Policymakers Turn to Campaign Tools, Washington Post

“Barack Obama’s incoming administration has begun to draw on the high-tech organizational tools that helped get him elected to lay the groundwork for an attempt to restructure the U.S. health-care system. … It is the first attempt by the Obama team to harness its vast and sophisticated grass-roots network to shape public policy. Although the president-elect is a long way from crafting actual legislation, he promised during the campaign to make the twin challenge of controlling health-care costs and expanding coverage a top priority in his first term.”

Editor’s note: Is this a preview of the new way in which the Obama Administration will pursue policy initiatives? If change is in store for America’s space policy at some point, would these “high-tech organizational tools” be used to generate and/or enhance support? Is NASA going to be using them as well? And if so, how will this approach fare when it collides with the long-feared (but often hard to specifically define) “prohibition against marketing and lobbying” by NASA? This will be interesting to watch.

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