Strap on those pedometers, people, because we’re talking a five-minute stroll: Proving the adage that the three most important things in real estate are location, location and location, the top venues for fundraisers, according to the Sunlight report, include close-to-the-Dome restaurants Johnny’s Half Shell, Charlie Palmer Steak and Bistro Bis.
Far and away the most often-used joint, though, is the Capitol Hill Club, which essentially functions as the GOP’s clubhouse. It hosted a whopping 1,966 fundraisers of the nearly 14,000 that the foundation catalogued.
We should also note that of the top fundraising sites, the most bipartisan is Charlie Palmer Steak, which hosts a near-even split of Republican and Democratic events. Juicy rib-eyes, it seems, are one thing both parties can agree on.
And perhaps Republicans don’t prefer French food: The tony Bistro Bis attracts mostly Dems, with 71 percent of its fundraisers for Democrats and only 21 percent for Republicans.
The next generation
We’ve been hearing a lot about that “Star Trek”-esque command center run by Gen. Keith Alexander, now director of the National Security Agency, when he was leading the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command.
But while the spy chief seemed to enjoy a Captain Kirk-worthy facility at Fort Belvoir, Va., which was reportedly the creation of a Hollywood set designer, it turns out that the command center was already in place when he took the job. It was built, sources tell our colleague Ellen Nakashima, in 1998. Alexander took over the post in 2001.
Not to say that he didn’t revel in the futuristic command center’s bells and whistles, which include doors that make a distinctive “whoosh”-ing sound. But it seems he didn’t, as some reports have suggested, personally “model” his working space after the digs of Spock and company.
Joel Harding, a retired Army officer very familiar with the room, described the space in a 2010 interview with The Post thusly: It had eight wide screens, a graphics processor designed in consultation with Disney and a stainless-steel captain’s chair. “It was always called the Captain Kirk chair,” he said. “The whole thing was ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Star Trek’ to the max.”
But Alexander was the senior intelligence officer at the U.S. Central Command at the time. “He had nothing to do with creating the center,” said Harding, who was an information operations officer on the Joint Staff and worked with the center, which at the time was called the Land Information Warfare Activity.