Obama adviser targeted for corporate ties

By Laurie Bennett

October 25, 2012 at 10:32am

Conservatives have unleashed against Obama campaign strategist Anita Dunn, citing a New York Times story on her access to the president.

The Times noted that Dunn, former communications director for the Obama White House, is now a managing director of SKDKnickerbocker, which has a growing list of corporate clients.

The firm operates as a “communications company,” a gray area not subject to lobby reporting requirements. Among its clients: the for-profit education company Kaplan, Inc.; food manufacturers opposing Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity efforts; and an anti-tax campaign called WIN America.

Obama has made much of limiting lobbyists’ access to his administration. His critics accuse him of being hypocritical for his reliance on Dunn and others who represent high-powered business interests.

Anita Dunn
Anita Dunn

Dunn is married to Robert Bauer, who is general counsel to the Obama campaign. She is a former adviser to such prominent Democrats as Tom Daschle and Bill Bradley.

She’s not the only person at the firm who has close ties to the White House. Longtime Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen is a managing director. Rosen was also on the hot seat earlier this year, after saying Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life.”

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