Broderick Johnson: a lobbyist in the house

By Laurie Bennett

April 19, 2012 at 6:04am

Broderick Johnson is one of the few people granted exemptions to President Obama’s no-lobbyists rule.

Johnson, a former partner with Bryan Cave LLP, is serving as an adviser to the Obama 2012 campaign.

At Bryan Cave, he lobbied as recently as the first quarter of 2011 for clients such as Microsoft, Anheuser-Busch, Comcast, Pearson Education and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association.

He previously was a registered lobbyist with the Oliver Group, AT&T and Bellsouth.

Johnson was an informal adviser to the 2008 Obama campaign. In the Clinton administration, he was deputy assistant to the president for legislative affairs.

Last year, he and another political veteran, Art Collins, founded the Collins Johnson Group, a Washington-based consulting firm.

Neither Collins nor Johnson is currently registered as a Washington lobbyist.

Johnson is married to NPR journalist Michele Norris, who announced last year that she would step aside as host of “All Things Considered” because of her husband’s role in the campaign.

Obama has vowed not to accept contributions from registered lobbyists. In January, the campaign said it would return donations from five lobbyists discovered by the Center for Responsive Politics.

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