David Axelrod would pay a steep price to follow his most famous client to the White House, Politico reports. Barack Obama’s right-hand man would probably have to sell his stakes in the lucrative consulting firms he founded and open his finances to public scrutiny. Axelrod’s firms have collected more than $35 million since 1998 for various political and lobbying jobs, including $2.5 million from Obama’s campaign.
How much Axelrod pocketed isn't clear, but oit's certainly enough to dwarf a $200,000 government job. “Money is not the driving factor here,” said one consultant. Obama and Axelrod’s friendship “goes beyond a traditional client-consultant relationship.” But Axelrod would also be exposing Obama to questions about his firm’s past dealings; the RNC chairman says people should compare Axelrod to Karl Rove, who gave up a similar firm in 1999.