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  •  Although I question this. (8+ / 0-)

    The State Department has faced heaps of criticism for potential conflicts of interests involving TransCanada and Keystone XL. In October 2011, Obama’s reelection campaign hired Broderick Johnson, who had previously lobbied in favor of Keystone, as a senior adviser. Emails obtained by Friends of the Earth, an environmental group that opposes the Keystone pipeline, revealed a cozy relationship between TransCanada lobbyist Paul Elliott and Marja Verloop, an official at the U.S. Embassy in Canada whose portfolio covers the Keystone project. Before he lobbied for TransCanada, Elliott worked as deputy campaign manager on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid. Clinton served as secretary of state until recently.

    The thing about Johnson is a stretch:

    In 2008, he served as an informal advisor to the Obama presidential campaign, offering strategic political advice and traveling across the United States as a surrogate speaker and campaign volunteer. In 2004 he was appointed a senior advisor for congressional affairs in the Kerry presidential campaign.

    From 1998-2000, Johnson served in senior roles in the Clinton White House, among them as Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. In that role, Johnson was President Clinton's principal liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives. Among his accomplishments, Johnson helped steer congressional approval of legislation extending permanent normal trade relations to China

    Being a senior advisor to the campaign does not have a direct impact on the State Dept. on Keystone.  

    A formmer deputy campaign manager of Clinton now lobbys for TransCanada.   And Clinton was SoS!  That is real bs implying all sorts of things, but he became a lobbyist for them after the campaign.

    And what is a "cozy relationship"?

    A lot of innuendo.  While there may be a bais for doubts about teh report (or the report is just wrong), I now have my doubts about this author (not the diary, but the link) bbecause he or she is throwing everything at thw wall hoping something sticks.    

    The linked article would have been better with just the redaction issue.  

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    by TomP on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 02:25:46 PM PDT

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