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New Obama Campaign Adviser: Barely Ex-Lobbyist

By Doug Powers  •  October 24, 2011 04:35 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

President Obama’s promise that lobbyists “will not work in my White House” was broken quite a while ago — somewhere back when “Yes we can” started spiraling out-of-control toward “We can’t wait.”

That previously broken promise has just been shattered into tinier fragments:

President Obama’s reelection campaign has hired a former lobbyist to serve as a senior adviser to the 2012 team.

The Obama campaign announced Monday the hiring of Broderick Johnson, a veteran of the Clinton White House and Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) 2004 presidential campaign.

Obama positioned himself as an enemy of K Street and special interests during his first presidential campaign. He repeatedly vowed that lobbyists would not run his White House and refused to accept campaign contributions from registered lobbyists.

Johnson is a former partner at the law firm Bryan Cave and was registered to lobby up until April 2011 for several major companies and trade groups, including the Financial Services Forum, Comcast Corporation, and Microsoft, according to lobbying disclosure records.

Incidentally, Broderick Johnson is married to Michele Norris of NPR’s “All Things Considered” program, who will step away from hosting duties during the campaign. Then, after the election is over, Norris can return to hosting ATC because the potential for bias will no longer exist… or however that works.

**Written by Doug Powers

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