Tales from the Trail

Lead a Super PAC, lose your friends

June 27, 2012

It’s not like the old days with his former colleagues at the White House and friends from the Barack Obama campaign anymore for Bill Burton.

The co-founder of the Priorities USA Action Super PAC, which is prevented by campaign finance rules from collaborating with the Obama campaign, told the Reuters Washington Summit he may spend his days raising money to get Obama re-elected, but he has very little contact with his old friends who are actually working in the administration or the re-election campaign.

Asked if he and White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer were limited to talking about sports if they get together for a beer, Burton just laughed.

“We keep our communications very much in line with the rules and regulations that are laid out,” he said.

But in a hint that it may be a bit more lonely now that he’s out of the White House, Burton added: “For a lot of my very close friends who work at the White House and on the campaign, I haven’t seen or talked to them in a long time.”

“It came with starting this group,” he said. “But there are rules in place and we make sure we adhere to them.”

As for the president, Burton hasn’t spoken to him since he left the White House in February, 2011.

Photo credit: Bill Burton, senior strategist of Priorities USA Action, speaks during the Reuters Washington Summit in Washington, June 27, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

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