Powerful Chicagoans on White House Visitor Log

Recent release of visitor records shows Windy City connection remains strong

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    Obama doesn't go to Chicago, Chicago goes to Obama.

    Visitor logs recently released by the White House reveal meetings with several powerful Chicagoans, according to Bloomberg News.

    Among the visitors:

    • Penny Pritzker, leader of Obama's campaign fundraising efforts. She visited 15 times between Obama's inauguration and mid-June. She met with the president, first lady Michelle Obama and senior adviser Pete Rouse and attended economic events.
    • Bettylu Saltzman, a Democratic activist who introduced Axelrod to Obama in 1992, met with Senior Advisor David Axelrod and Rouse on May 20th, and returned July 20 to meet with Rouse.
    • Louis Susman, the U.S. ambassador to the U.K. and a retired Citigroup investment banker who raised between $200,000 and $500,000 for Obama's campaign, met with the president and Axelrodon July 30th.

    The visits were among more than 27,000 added to the White House's web site last week as part of the administration's periodic release of visitor data.

    The log omits visitor names that can't be disclosed for national security or confidentiality reasons.