Obama library already a family effort

By Laurie Bennett

December 17, 2013 at 6:49am

The Obama presidential library, still years in the distance, is shaping up as a family affair.

The New York Times reports that Martin Nesbitt, a longtime confidant of Barack Obama, is heading up a fundraising drive for the library.

Martin Nesbitt
Martin Nesbitt

He’s being assisted by Julianna Smoot, deputy campaign manager of the Obama re-election campaign and former White House social secretary.

Anita Dunn, former White House communications director, is handling media.

Nesbitt is married to Anita Blanchard, the obstetrician who delivered both Obama daughters.

Dunn, who’s now a managing director at SKDKnickerbocker, is married to Robert Bauer, a partner at Perkins Coie. Bauer is former White House counsel and now serves as general counsel to the Democratic National Committee.

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