Andrew Stiles at the Washington Free Beacon – the original reporter that found the Stephanopoulos donations to the Clinton Foundation – has a new story Thursday on Richard Bates, the top lobbyist in Washngton for the Disney-ABC folks. Unsurprisingly, before joining the Mouse, Bates was executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee “under the chairmanship of Rep. Beryl Anthony (D., Ark.), a political ally of then-Governor Bill Clinton.”
This is not atypical. Top CBS lobbyist Martin Franks aided the network for 25 years before retiring in 2013, but was also executive director of the DCCC from 1981-86, after serving as issues director for the unsuccessful 1980 Carter-Mondale campaign.