Times profile of White House Counsel Bob Bauer

The Times profiles White House Bob Bauer this morning.

Advocates of campaign finance reform have not always been big fans of Mr. Bauer, who took a dim view of the 2002 McCain-Feingold Law, which barred political parties from receiving unregulated “soft money” contributions. But once the law passed, colleagues say, Mr. Bauer quickly found a way to exploit it by helping so-called 527 groups to flourish using soft money of their own.

“McCain-Feingold created the loophole, which Bob drove a Mack truck through,” said Ben Ginsberg, who represents Republicans on campaign finance matters. “It was pioneering work and robust free speech when his clients needed an outlet besides the parties.”

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