Political communications consultant Chris Sautter '78 was interviewed by Chicago Magazine discussing Barack Obama's run for Congress in early 2000, Rahm Emanuel's "dead fish" story, and the 2000 Florida recount.
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.