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Obama, Rove, Palin, Bush And Clinton All Had The Same Lawyer For Their Books: Bob Barnett

05/08/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

To list Barnett as a signifier of Washington connectedness is like calling the sun a symbol of heat. This is good for his clients, who pay him $975 an hour, but Barnett's virtual monopoly on the specialty of helping public figures cash in -- on power memoirs, on private-sector jobs -- invests in one man a remarkable degree of influence across the political spectrum. The yearning to profit after a career in politics is an age-old Washington instinct, but the rise of Barnett's one-stop shop is a story not widely known.

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