CAP continues close alliance with Obama administration

By Laurie Bennett

February 9, 2013 at 10:09am

In D.C. vernacular, the Center for American Progress is sometimes referred to as the second White House.

The ties between the think tank and the Obama administration were perhaps most striking when the president first took office.

John Podesta
John Podesta

The center’s chairman, former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta, was co-chair of the Obama transition team in 2008. CAP executive vice president Melody Barnes was the president’s choice to head the Domestic Policy Council. Former Sen. Tom Daschle, who would be nominated to head health and human services, was on the think tank’s board.

The connections continue into Obama’s second term.

His new chief of staff, Denis McDonough, was a senior fellow at CAP, as was Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council.

The path runs both ways. Former National Economic Council Chairman Lawrence Summers, former health care policy adviser Zeke Emanuel and former energy czar Carol Browner are CAP fellows.

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