A Daily Beast follow-up to a weekend article in The New York Times asserts that White House staffers got “pissed off” on learning that Anita Dunn, current Obama campaign insider and former White House communications director, also performs PR duties for some clients who have a certain…interest in influencing policy.
The Beast somehow recruited several anonymous stock characters to say very bad things about Mrs. Dunn. Some key quotes:
“You don’t hear stories about [lobbyists] so obviously exploiting their access.”
“I think she is well over the line.”
Obama himself was “…not aware…of the extent of her firm’s work. I bet he won’t be happy.”
Despite these redundant quips, official White House spokesmen defend Dunn’s dual roles, stating that all involved parties followed—and continue to follow–relevant ethics rules. Dunn’s own nameless colleague at SKDKnickerbocker, which has doubled in size since she left her communications director position in 2009, told Beast reporters that the firm nurtures no conflicts of interest, saying “We’re a public relations not a lobbying firm”, though she did note that the firm gives suggested statements, or “talking points,” to lobbyists for use on behalf of their clients.