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Ex-Lobbyists on Obama's Staff

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

A partial list of ex-lobbyists preparing the Obama transition:

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John Podesta -- Transition co-chair; lobbied for the Center for American Progress until 2006

Mark Gitenstein -- Advisory board member; lobbied for Merrill Lynch, KPMG and Ernst & Young until this fall

Tom Donilon -- Member of the State Department review team; lobbied for Fannie Mae in 2005

Cassandra Butts -- Senior staff member; lobbied for the Center for American Progress until 2006

Patrick Gaspard -- Senior staff member; lobbied for 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East until late this year

Christine Varney -- Senior staff member; lobbied for the Online Privacy Alliance until 2006

Michael Strautmanis -- Senior staff member; lobbied for the American Association of Justice, a trial lawyers group, until 2005

Ron Klain -- Chief of staff to Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.; lobbied for Fannie Mae until 2005

Sally Katzen -- Agency review working group member; lobbied for Amgen until 2007


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