Washington’s think tanks often serve as incubators for administrations-in-waiting. Leave the White House when Democrats take over, spend four or eight years waiting at Heritage or American Enterprise Institute. Lose your Treasury job thanks to a Republican winning, sit tight at Brookings. Sure enough, Obama found a ton of appointees among the ranks of the Center for American Progress, and at least a few have left the Obama administration for CAP.
But it seems the Obama administration also swaps staff with Google.
Bloomberg reports that Obama 2012′s data team has moved to Google. But it’s not a buyout out of nowhere. Google CEO Eric Schmidt was part of the Obama campaign all along, according to this Bloomberg story:
During the 2012 campaign, Barack Obama’s reelection team had an underappreciated asset: Google’s (GOOG) executive chairman, Eric Schmidt. He helped recruit talent, choose technology, and coach the campaign manager, Jim Messina, on the finer points of leading a large organization. “On election night he was in our boiler room in Chicago,” says David Plouffe, then a senior White House adviser…