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Chairman of Obama Group Now Selling His Own Personal Access

8:35 AM, Feb 27, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Jim Messina, the campaign manager for President Obama's reelection campaign, will now be selling his own personal access. 

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"Jim Messina, campaign manager for President Obama's 2012 reelection bid and one of the most influential figures in Obama world, is opening a consulting firm [The Messina Group] to represent progressive groups and Democratic campaigns. Messina will also remain chairman of Organizing for Action, the nonprofit successor to Obama for America ... Messina told POLITICO that he will only be a consultant - not a lobbyist. ... 'I am going to advise political campaigns and organizations that want to build on the lessons we learned in the Obama campaign - digital savvy and grass-roots focus,'" reports Virginia-based outlet Politico.

Messina adds,  "I looked at a variety of options, and I think my own firm gives me the most flexibility moving forward and allows me to only work on the things that I want to work on."

And Politico notes, "While the focus is not corporate representation, Messina may take on for-profit clients as well. He declined to name any current clients."

It is not clear what he's charging his clients, of course. But there's little doubt access to a man so close to the president of the United States is worth a lot to clients--private, corporate, and even non-profit.

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