But don’t worry, creepy Jim Messina says he’s not a lobbyist.
Jim Messina, campaign manager for President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection bid and one of the most influential figures in Obama world, is opening a consulting firm to represent progressive groups and Democratic campaigns.
Messina will also remain chairman of Organizing for Action, the nonprofit successor to Obama for America, which was the president’s campaign committee.
Messina told POLITICO that he will only be a consultant — not a lobbyist. The White House, which has tried to limit the role of lobbyists in the administration, has also tried to avoid the potentially embarrassing specter of former aides moving to K Street to cash in on their ties to top officials.
“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. These are the things I want to do,” Messina said in an interview on Tuesday.