But there was another significant move: Mark Penn is going too.
Penn is a former Clinton advisor – he steered Bill’s 1996 re-election campaign and was at the heart of Hilary’s damp squib effort in 2008 – but during his time at Microsoft, he was the driving force behind its dirtiest tricks.
He masterminded the company’s controversial Scroogled campaign, a two-year assault on practically every Google product you can imagine. It included multiple ads and even ‘Keep Calm While Google Steals Your Data’ apparel.
That said, while his next move is setting up a private equity firm with cash from former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, his September departure date will make him available just as the run up to 2016 starts to really ramp up.
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