Political Communications Consultant Chris Sautter '78 Quoted in Main Justice
Monday, June 18, 2012
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
Political communications consultant Chris Sautter '78 was quoted in a news article on Main Justice about a possible senior communications position in the Justice Department.
From Main Justice: "A new book tells the tale of a furious David Axelrod confronting Attorney General Eric Holder about whispers that the former White House senior adviser was trying to plant a political operative within Holder's Justice Department."
Sautter told Main Justice that Obama's political advisor David Axelrod did contact him in April 2009 about a possible senior communications position within the Justice Department, but that the opportunity was not going to work out.
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"I assume that David was interested in putting somebody in there who had some experience with communications - maybe he thought that was lacking," Sautter said. He said he did not know he was mentioned in former Newsweek editor Daniel Klaidman's new book, "Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency," until a reporter contacted him about the passage couple of weeks ago.
Read the full article in Main Justice, "'Political Operative' Described in Book Says Axelrod Asked Him About Possible DOJ Job"
Chris Sautter is a political communications consultant. For nearly three years he worked as political director of the Washington, D.C.-based Axelrod Associates, a political media firm. From 1998 to 1991, Sautter worked with clients including Ohio Attorney General Lee Fisher, Indiana Democratic Rep. Frank McCloskey and Indiana Rep. Jill Long Thompson.
In 1992 Sautter opened his own political communications firm, Sautter Communications, producing media for for several high-profile Democratic candidates, namely President Barack Obama. He has worked with EMILY's List, an organization aimed at electing pro-choice women. He also served as the political director for Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-NE) in his 1992 bid for president and a member of the national staff for Illinois Democratic Sen. Paul Simon's 1998 presidential campaign.
He has served as special counsel to the Democratic National Committee on campaign finance reform. He has also advised Democratic members of the House Oversight Committee on contested elections. He is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker, and he has directed films focused on politics and the music industry. He is also an adjunct faculty member at American University.