ANITA DUNN’S HUSBAND IS NOW OBAMATTORNEY…
Anita Dunnâ€™s Husband Becomes White House Counsel â€“ by John Perazzo
By now, millions of Americans are familiar with Anita Dunn ,Â who recently resigned her post as Barack Obamaâ€™s White House Communications Director after it was learned that she had previously cited Mao Zedong , the late Communist dictator and mass murderer, as one of her â€œfavorite political philosophers.â€ By contrast, few people know anything substantive about Dunnâ€™s husband, Robert Bauer, who has replaced  Gregory Craig as President Obamaâ€™s White House Counsel. Craig resigned abruptly  on November 13, after having repeatedly denied, for weeks, that he had any plans of stepping down.
A 1976 graduate of theÂ University of Virginia  School of Law, Robert Bauer bleeds Democrat  blue. He has served asÂ counselÂ to theÂ DemocraticÂ Senatorial and Congressional Campaign Committees for many years. In 1999 he was counsel toÂ Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, the South Dakota Democrat who led his partyâ€™s defense of Bill Clinton  in the latterâ€™s impeachment trial. Each day during the trial proceedings, Bauer and Democratic leaders strategized  on how they could best help Clinton beat the charges against him â€” perjury, abuse of power, and obstruction of justice.
In 1999-2000, Bauer was general counsel  to the Bill Bradley for President Committee. Also in 2000, heÂ filed  a racketeering lawsuit against then-House Majority Whip Tom DeLay, accusing the Texas Republican of extortion and money laundering. In 2004Â Bauer served as general counsel  to the Democratic National Committee during the presidential campaign of SenatorÂ John Kerry . Today Bauer headsÂ the political law group at Perkins Coie,  the powerful , Democrat-aligned  Seattle law firm  thatÂ represents , among others , Tom Daschle, John Kerry, Richard Gephardt, and House SpeakerÂ Nancy Pelosi .
Bauer forged a close affiliation with Barack Obama  after the latter was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004. He became Obamaâ€™s private attorney  and then, when the Senator declared his candidacy for President in February 2007, BauerÂ was appointed asÂ general counselÂ forÂ Obamaâ€™sÂ presidential campaign â€” a project dubbedÂ â€œObama For Americaâ€ (OFA).Â In January 2009, when OFAÂ merged  with the Democratic National Committee and became known asÂ Organizing for America ,Â Bauer retained his position as the entityâ€™s general counsel.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama, who has never made his original birth certificate available for public scrutiny, hiredÂ Perkins Coie toÂ defend  him in court cases challenging his status as a â€œnatural bornâ€ U.S. citizen â€” a status upon which Obamaâ€™s eligibility to hold the office of President is contingent.Â According to Federal Election Commission records, OFAÂ has already paid  Perkins Coie $1,352,378.95 for its legal services in these cases.
Also in 2008, Bauer was intimately involved  in Obamaâ€™s controversial decision to break the pledge he had made to accept public funding for the presidential campaign. Bauer and Obama based that decision on their calculation that the candidate was a fundraising powerhouse who would be able to collect far more money via his own efforts than he could ever get from the public financing system.
While Obama campaigned against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton , and then against Republican opponent John McCain, Bauer quietlyÂ wrote  lettersÂ to television-station managers and to Assistant Attorney General John Keeney, contending that Federal Election Commission (FEC) rules forbade the airing of any anti-Obama television ads that made even the barest mention of the Senatorâ€™s well-documentedÂ associationÂ with former Weather Underground  terroristÂ Bill Ayers . Bauer filed  FEC complaints against groups that were seekingÂ to runÂ such ads, and he intervened  on Obamaâ€™s behalfÂ to prevent the American Leadership Project  â€” a pro-Hillary organization â€” from running TV spots exposing the strong support Obama had received fromÂ the thuggish Service Employees International Union . The SEIU is led by former New Leftist Andrew Stern , who was taught the tactics of radical activismÂ at theÂ Midwest Academy , the training ground established byÂ formerÂ Students for a Democratic Society  radicals Paul andÂ Heather Booth . Stern also has close ties to the billionaire financier of far-left causes, George Soros , and sits on theÂ Executive Committee of the Soros-funded America Coming Together  â€” a massive get-out-the vote project for Democrat candidates. Bauer himself has lent his legal expertise  to ACT.
In 2009 ObamaÂ hired  Bauer asÂ legalÂ counsel  to represent himÂ inÂ a criminal probe investigating whetherÂ former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich may have sought â€“Â with Obamaâ€™s (orÂ Rahm Emanuel â€™s) knowledge â€” to sell to the highest bidder the U.S. Senate seat Obama had vacated when he assumed the presidency.
Bauer also has worked  on issues related to Obamaâ€™s ties to Tony Rezko ,Â a Chicago-based restaurateur and real-estate developer who was one of the first major financial contributors to Obamaâ€™s political campaigns in the 1990s.Â Over a span of several years, Rezko raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Obama. A few months after Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, he and Rezkoâ€™s wife purchased  (in a deal  that may have been handled, in part, by Robert Bauer) adjacent pieces of property in Chicagoâ€™s Kenwood neighborhood. Obamaâ€™s portion of the deal involved a mansion for which he paid $1.65 million â€” $300,000 below the sellerâ€™s asking price. Meanwhile, Rezkoâ€™s wife (who had little income and owned few assets) paid the full asking price â€” $625,000 â€” for a vacant lot adjacent to Obamaâ€™s mansion. The owners of the house and the lot hadÂ stipulated  that neither property could be sold unless a deal for the other also closed on the same day. Both deals indeed closed on the same day in June 2005.
At that time, Mr. Rezko, who owed more than $10 million on defaulted loans and failed business ventures, was being hotly pursued by creditors ; at least 12 lawsuits  had been filed against him and his businesses. Moreover, he was under federal investigation on charges that he had solicited kickbacks from companies seeking state pension business under his friend, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, for whom Rezko reportedly hadÂ raised as much as $500,000 . For more than two years before the property purchases, news articles also had raisedÂ questions  about Mr. Rezkoâ€™s influence over state appointments and contracts. Moreover, reports swirled that the FBI was investigating accusations of a shakedown scheme in which Rezko had suggested particular candidates for appointment to a state hospital board.
What does all this have to do with Robert Bauerâ€™s current, and sudden, ascendancy to the position of White House Counsel? According to The American Spectator , one former Obama transition team adviser puts it this way:
â€œ[Bauer] knows where all the bodies are buried, and this indicates that there is something amiss with this White House, or at least someone is nervous about what is going on. You donâ€™t just make these kinds of changes [Bauerâ€™s appointment as Gregory Craigâ€™s replacement] for the sake of rearranging the deck chairs, and not at this time with at least three legislative and policy decisions looming that the Counselâ€™s office would have been deeply involved in.â€
A highly placed Washington attorney (who has served as counsel in the Senate and in previous presidential administrations) characterizes Bauerâ€™s sudden appointment as â€œpretty damn weird .â€ â€œIâ€™m surprised not only that the press seems to be ignoring the fact that two presidential lawyers have left at about the same time,â€ adds the attorney , â€œbut that no one seems to care that for the first time, I think ever, we have a Presidentâ€™s personal attorney also serving as White House counsel. I donâ€™t care if Bob [Bauer] recuses himself from future personal legal business, this should be troubling to anyone who cares about the Executive Office of the President.â€
Ultimately, Anita Dunnâ€™s affinity for Chairman Mao may prove to be far less significant than her husbandâ€™s unrivaled familiarity with the skeletons in President Obamaâ€™s closet.
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