Friend of Mediabistro Russ Baker‘s new Real news Project just scored an interesting story in conjunction with The Nation: Hillary Clinton has lured away ex-George W. Bush financier Alan Quasha to work with the Clinton campaign in an undisclosed capacity:
Operating below the radar, he entered Hillary Clinton’s circle even before she declared her candidacy by quietly arranging for the hire of Clinton confidant and longtime Democratic Party money man Terry McAuliffe at one of his companies. During the interregnum between McAuliffe’s chairmanship of the Democratic Party and the time he officially joined Clinton’s campaign, Quasha’s firm set McAuliffe up with a salary and opened a Washington office for him. [...] Just a few years earlier, McAuliffe had publicly criticized Bush for his financial dealings with Harken, disparaging the company’s Enron-like accounting. Yet in 2005 McAuliffe accepted this cushy perch with Quasha’s newly acquired investment firm, Carret Asset Management, and even brought along former Clinton White House business liaison Peter O’Keefe, who had been his senior aide at the Democratic National Committee. McAuliffe remained with the company until he became national chair of Hillary’s presidential bid, and O’Keefe never left. McAuliffe’s connection to Quasha has, until now, never been noted. Another strong link between Quasha and Clinton is Quasha’s business partner, Hassan Nemazee, a top Hillary fundraiser who was trotted out to defend her during the Hsu episode–in which the clothing manufacturer was unmasked as a swindler who seemingly funneled illegal contributions through “donors” of modest means.
A nice coup for both The Real News Project and The Nation.
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