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Interesting how these people always seem to swirl around together.


The ties that bind. Remember Rahm Emanuel's rent-free D.C. apartment? The owner: A BP adviser
June 7, 2010 | 3:34 pm

In case you were tempted to buy the faux Washington outrage at BP and its gulf oil spill in recent days, here's a story that reveals a little-known corporate political connection and the quiet way the inner political circles intersect, protect and care for one another in the nation's capital. And Chicago.

We already knew that BP and its folks were significant contributors to the record $750-million war chest of Barack Obama's 2007-08 campaign.

Now, we learn the details of a connection of Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago mayoral wannabe, current Obama chief of staff, ex-representative, ex-Clinton money man and ex-Windy City political machine go-fer.

Shortly after Obama's happy inaugural, eyebrows rose slightly upon word that, as a House member, Emanuel had lived the last five years rent-free in a D.C. apartment of Democratic colleague Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and her husband, Stanley Greenberg.

For an ordinary American, that would likely raise some obvious tax liability questions. But like Emanuel, the guy overseeing the Internal Revenue Service now is another Obama insider, Tim Geithner, who had his own outstanding tax problems but skated through confirmation anyway by the Democratic-controlled Congress.

Remember this was all before the letters BP stood for Huge Mess. Even before the Obama administration gave BP a safety award.

Now follow these standard Washington links if you can:

Greenberg's consulting firm was a prime architect of BP's recent rebranding drive as a green petroleum company, down to green signs and the slogan "Beyond Petroleum."

Greenberg's company is also closely tied to a sister Democratic outfit -- GCS, named for the last initials of Greenberg, James Carville, another Clinton advisor, and Bob Shrum, John Kerry's 2004 campaign manager.

According to published reports, GCS received hundreds of thousands of dollars in political polling contracts in recent years from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Probably just a crazy coincidence. But you'll never guess who was the chairman of that Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dispensing those huge polling contracts to his kindly rent-free landlord.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Re: tangled webs

I believe this is what Nancy Pelosi refers to as "the culture of corruption."


Re: tangled webs

I beleive that to a person the confirmed or admitted or whatever you want to call us Democrats here have expressed our displeasure with Rahm and him being a part of this administration.


Obama needs to quietly and uncerimoniously as possible make some big changes in his team of officers and advisors and how he uses them. And there is considerably more call for that coming from Democrats than Republicans in the blogospere and over the airwaves.


The white shoed Republicans are happy as all get out with Rahm in where he is...he's the conduit to corporatist New Democrats that served business and bankiing so well in the Clinton era. Happy on the inside, like they were with McCaullife and Morris and Carville.


You just want the smug n*****r and his party out of there and would take a swipe at the 2nd  janiitor or on of the security guards if if you had their name.


No idea if RCP is on yor list of "usual suspect" sites or not. It's a digest/compilation site and is usually 75-80% right winged stuff:




Re: tangled webs

Either Obama = Rahm = Geithner etal, or


Obama is a powerless figurehead, like the guy who borrowed mob money to buy the Vegas casinos in the '60s (what was his name?) then was surprised to discover that the mob, not him, ran the casinos.