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David Axelrod's Inside Job?

The latest wrinkle in the health-care debacle: David Axelrod, Obama's senior adviser, has former partners in Chicago who are the beneficiaries of $24 million in ad buys from White House allies. AKPD Message and Media, a firm founded by Axelrod (and which currently employs his son) bought two $12 million ad campaigns that support Obama's push for health-care reform. The Healthy Economy Now ads, which have been paid for by the groups, will air in a dozen states and are targeted at Blue Dog Dems and their constituents. The House Republican Conference released a one-page memo Tuesday that questioned whether Axelrod "recused himself" from the deal.