The BP lobbyist whose brother has Obama’s ear 

John Podesta of the Center for American Progress is nearly scripting the White House’s BP response, according to Jonathan Weisman at the Wall Street Journal in a blog post picked up by Drudge. But Weisman leaves out a key detail:

Podesta’s brother is a BP lobbyist.

Tony and John Podesta cofounded the Podesta Group, a K Street lobbying firm. Now BP is a client, and Tony is one of the lobbyists on the account, according to the firm’s latest lobbying filings.

Tony and John have worked on the same team before. Last year, Wal-Mart came out big for a federal law mandating that employers insure their employees. In this announcement, Center for American Progress was a partner. And Tony Podesta, at the time, was doing Wal-Mart’s health-care lobbying.

[I wrote on the Podestas' White House access here.]

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