Obama campaign hires Wall Street lobbyist as senior adviser
posted at 10:33 am on October 25, 2011 by Howard Portnoy
It’s anybody’s guess whether the Occupy Wall Street movement will outlast the first frost, but for now the drumbeat of protest goes on—literally and incessantly.
Ditto for the Obama re-election campaign. Its latest hire is Broderick Johnson, who has come aboard in the role of senior campaign adviser.
Johnson, should the name be unfamiliar, is a longtime Wall Street lobbyist. His clients include have included Bank of America, Fannie Mae, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, Shell Oil, AT&T, Comcast, and other OWS-defined enemies of the state.
Johnson currently is a partner at Collins Johnson Group, a D.C.-based communications firm that claims to provide
superior strategic planning and political consulting services to multinational corporations, government entities, political campaigns and parties, elected leaders, nonprofit organizations, issue groups, investors and entrepreneurs.
If you’re a member of the anti-Wall Street protest movement, you can find plenty of people in those sectors whose homes you might want to visit.
Matthew Boyle of The Daily Caller notes that Johnson, while still a registered lobbyist, visited the White House 17 times. The visits must have been of a personal nature because 2008 candidate Barack Obama was unequivocal about banning lobbyists from his administration. He even signed an executive order his first day in office excluding former lobbyists from working “on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years.”
And Barack Obama keeps his promises. Or at least he does 60% of the time. He said so himself on a campaign swing through Nevada and California yesterday:
I carry around a little checklist, and I think we’ve got about 60 percent of it done so far. And that’s not bad for three years, because I need another five.
Actually, the president’s math is suspect. If he made good on 60% of his promises in three years, then he needs only two more years to complete the remainder.
But I digress. Writes Matthew Boyle:
The Obama re-election campaign appears to have tried to hide or downplay Johnson’s lobbying history, as the original campaign press release announcing his hire completely ignored it. Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse hasn’t returned The DC’s request for comment on the issue, either.
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