Ex-Obama regulations chief blames Glenn Beck for death threats

President Obama’s former regulatory chief says he received death threats after "Orwellian" treatment by conservative media personality Glenn Beck.

In an excerpt from a forthcoming book, Cass Sunstein says he received threatening letters at his unlisted home address after Beck called him "the most dangerous man in America."

"If I were you, I would resign immediately. A well-paid individual, who is armed, knows where you live," read one of the threats, according to an excerpt of Sunstein’s book obtained by Mother Jones.

Sunstein served as administrator of the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which reviews regulations from executive branch agencies.


In his book, which will be released April 9, Sunstein wrote that Beck developed “kind of an obsession with me.” He said Beck set up a website with “inflammatory quotes” that were taken wildly out of context, and compared the treatment he suffered to a scene from George Orwell’s 1984.

"In Orwell's 1984, there is a brilliant, powerful, and frightening scene of the ‘Two Minutes Hate,’ in which party members must watch a film depicting national enemies," Sunstein wrote in Simpler: The Future of Government. "At times, Beck's attacks on me, featuring my smiling face, were not entirely unlike those scenes."

Sunstein, who also faced the ire of liberals who claim he held up important regulations, left at the end of his term last August.