Justice Dept. Gallup lawsuit came after Axelrod criticized pollsters Read more: DOJ Gallup lawsuit came after Axelrod criticized pollsters | The Daily Caller Internal emails between senior officials at The Gallup Organization, obtained by The Daily Caller, show senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod attempting to subtly intimidate the respected polling firm when its numbers were unfavorable to the president. After Gallup declined to change its polling methodology, Obamas Department of Justice hit it with an unrelated lawsuit that appears damning on its face. -- Since Gallup first roused Axelrods ire, Obamas Justice Department revived old allegations against the firm that, according to now former Gallup employee Michael Lindley, the polling company violated the False Claims Act by over-charging the federal government for its services. In August, Justice signed on to a suit Lindley filed in 2009. Lindley alleged, according to The Associated Press, that Gallup filed false claims with the federal government on contracts it had with the State Department, the U.S. Mint and other federal agencies. A senior Gallup official told TheDC Lindley left Gallup on July 24, 2009, after working there since Feb. 25, 2008. Lindley made his allegations under seal after leaving his Gallup job. A senior Gallup official told TheDC that the Justice Department began investigating the allegations in October 2009 and served the company with subpoenas in February or March 2010. Gallup, the source said, provided the government with about three terabytes of data responsive to those subpoenas. Gallup, the source continued, did not hear from the Justice Department again for approximately one-and-a-half years. We did not have a substantive discussion about what they had subpoenaed until Fall of 2011, the Gallup official told TheDC. And the meeting came at our request, a request that had been outstanding from the time we were served [with the subpoenas]. Lindley was a field organizer in Council Bluffs, Iowa, for then-Sen. Obamas 2008 run for president before joining Gallup, a fact omitted from the DOJs legal filings and from most press accounts. Weeks later, Justice Department still hasnt served Gallup with lawsuit Read more: Weeks later, Justice still hasn't served Gallup with lawsuit | The Daily Caller Weeks after announcing its filing, as of this publication, Attorney General Eric Holders Department of Justice has not officially served The Gallup Organization with a lawsuit alleging it defrauded the federal government. We have not been served with the complaint, a senior Gallup official told The Daily Caller. I think they are drafting an amended complaint, but we cannot file an answer or motion to dismiss until weve been officially served. We obviously have a copy that has been distributed online, but until it is served, it is not official. -- DOJ has joined allegations by Michael Lindley, a former Gallup employee who claims the company violated the False Claims Act by over-charging the federal government for its services. Holders DOJ signed onto a suit Lindley who left Gallup on July 24, 2009 after having worked there since Feb. 25, 2008, a senior Gallup official told TheDC filed back in 2009. Lindley is alleging, according to those press accounts and the publicly available complaint, that Gallup filed false claims with the federal government on contracts it had with the State Department, U.S. Mint and other federal agencies. The publicly available complaint shows the DOJ is relying solely on the allegations Lindley is making to back its claims. -- The senior Gallup official speculated that Holders DOJ may be aware that serving the complaint before Novembers election would appear politically charged, particularly in light of internal Gallup emails which show senior officials concerned about intimidation attempts by Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod. They have 120 days to serve a complaint on us so they might just hold off on service until the election passes, the senior Gallup official said. That way they prevent us from officially responding to their allegations, which might be damaging to the campaign. Gallup cant ask a judge to dismiss the case until DOJ serves the company. Holder spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler did not respond when asked by TheDC why the Justice Department has not yet served the complaint to Gallup. The DoJ has become Obama's personal enforcer. It's the Chicago way.