Top PR firm for BP tied to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel

Sunday, June 6, 2010
By Paul Martin

By: Mark Hemingway
WashingtonExaminer.com

Over at The Next Right, the’ve pieced together some interesting connections about the White House’s ties to British Petroleum, better known as the company currently polluting the Gulf of Mexico. We all know Obama was the biggest recipient of BP’s campaign cash in Washington, but it seems BP’s ties to the White House run even deeper.

According to The Next Right, PR firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner “helped BP plan and evaluate its successful re-branding campaign, focusing the company’s branding on energy solutions, including the development of solar and other renewable energy sources.”

The firm’s Stanley Greenberg is married to Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn. There was something of a flap last year when it was pointed out that White house Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had been living in the couple’s Capitol Hill townhouse, resulting in a lot of questions about whether or not this arrangement violated congressional ethical guidelines.

Further, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee paid Greenberg’s firm some $500,000 in 2006 and 2008 while Emanuel was living with Greenberg, and Emanuel was even in charge of the DCCC during the 2006 election cycle.

And I’d be willing to bet that BP has paid Greenberg Quinlan Rosner a lot more than that. I doubt I’m the only one who thinks that BP’s relationship with the White House might be a little too close for comfort.

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