Monday, December 15, 2008


WASHINGTON: Linda Daschle is one of the most important aviation lobbyists in town. Daschle is also the wife of Tom Daschle, whom President-elect Barack Obama has chosen to be the next secretary of health and human services.

Tom Downey is the founder and chairman of a lobbying firm with dozens of clients, including several with interests in energy policy. Downey is also the husband of Carol Browner, Obama's likely choice to be the next White House energy czar.

Obama's selection of Daschle and Browner to high-level positions illustrates a potential loophole in his pledge to keep special interests at a distance.
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