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  • casp321 casp321 Nov 10, 2009 10:06 AM Flag

    Google and Obama

    There Are No Limits on How Much Lobbyists Can Deliver Through "Bundling"
    By Fredreka Schouten
    WASHINGTON

    Among those bundling for Democrats: lobbyist Anthony Podesta, whose Podesta Group reported more than $11.8 million in lobbying fees so far this year. Clients include Google, Wal-Mart and drugmaker Amgen.

    During the same period, Podesta collected more than $74,000 for Democratic committees and members, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, reports show.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/lobbyist-money-dems/story?id=8750854



    Most lobbyist money going to Dems
    Posted 10/4/2009

    By Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY

    Federal lobbyists helped collect more than $3.7 million during the first six months of 2009, and nearly $2.3 million went to Democrats, the analysis shows. The party now controls both chambers of Congress and the White House.


    Among those bundling for Democrats: lobbyist Anthony Podesta, whose Podesta Group reported more than $11.8 million in lobbying fees so far this year. Clients include Google, Wal-Mart and drugmaker Amgen.

    During the same period, Podesta collected more than $74,000 for Democratic committees and members, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, reports show.

    "I don't think there's any member of Congress who has taken a position because I've bundled for them. That's not the way it works," Podesta said.

    http://content.usatoday.net/dist/custom/gci/InsidePage.aspx?cId=statesmanjournal&sParam=36440866.story



    Consumer Watchdog
    June 3, 2009

    Dear Mr. President,
    According to press reports, Andrew McLaughlin, Google’s Director of Global Public Policy, is to be named
    Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House. We respectfully urge you not to make this
    appointment.
    Mr. McLaughlin’s appointment, we believe, must be evaluated in the context of the strong ethical rules your
    administration has implemented to end the revolving door between lobbyists and the executive branch. Given
    Mr. McLaughlin’s role over the years at Google, and most recently his position with its political action
    committee, any post at the White House would violate the intent of your executive order.
    As Google’s Director of Global Public Policy, Mr. McLaughlin led a team of corporate policy advocates
    working to influence a wide range of issues in the United States and globally. Simply put, he has been
    responsible for Google’s worldwide lobbying efforts. Mr. McLaughlin was a registered lobbyist in 2007
    working on Google’s behalf. The statement of organization for Google’s political action committee, Google
    Inc. NetPAC, filed on March 16, 2009, lists him as the committee’s assistant treasurer and its designated
    agent.
    ...

    http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/resources/LtrMcLaughlin060309.pdf

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    • Nov. 5 [2008](Bloomberg) -- President-elect Barack Obama named a group of loyalists and former aides to President Bill Clinton to lead his transition team in building the new administration that will take power when he is inaugurated.

      The work will be overseen by John Podesta, Clinton's one- time chief of staff, Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett, chief executive officer of Chicago real estate developer Habitat Co., and Pete Rouse, Obama's Senate chief of staff.

      http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=acKfCGUuMdZs&refer=home



      There Are No Limits on How Much Lobbyists Can Deliver Through "Bundling"
      By Fredreka Schouten
      WASHINGTON

      Among those bundling for Democrats: lobbyist Anthony Podesta, whose Podesta Group reported more than $11.8 million in lobbying fees so far this year. Clients include Google, Wal-Mart and drugmaker Amgen.

      During the same period, Podesta collected more than $74,000 for Democratic committees and members, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, reports show.

 
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