John Podesta is Chair of the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
John Podesta is advising Barack Obama on how to use the 'Project Podesta' technique to by-pass and end-run Congress to control and confiscate guns from law-abiding citizens.
The Center for American Progress was begun in 2003 with funding from philanthropists Herbert M. Sandler and Marion O. Sandler. Individual donors include George Soros, Peter Lewis and Steve Bing.
C. A. P. is a Washington, DC-based liberal think tank created and led by President and Chief Executive Officer John D. Podesta, the head of Barack Obama's presidential transition team after the 2008 election and former Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton.
During his years in the Clinton White House, Podesta helped suppress numerous federal investigations into Clinton wrongdoing, and helped short-circuit the Clinton impeachment proceedings through backroom deals.
The Clintons recognized Podesta's talent for scandal-suppression early. While still a mere staff secretary at the White House in 1993, Podesta found himself swamped with so many scandal clean-up assignments that he nicknamed himself, "Secretary of [Expletive]." "He's good at it," James Carville remarked to the Washington Post.
Podesta's most lasting contribution to the leftist cause came through his promotion of a strategy that White House aides dubbed "Project Podesta." This was a system that enabled the Clintons to push through unpopular policies that neither Congress nor the American people wanted. Its implementation marked a dramatic tilt in the balance of power, giving the executive branch an unprecedented ability to force its will on the legislative branch.
'Project Podesta' enabled the President to bypass Congress through the use of executive orders, presidential decision directives, White-House-sponsored lawsuits, vacancy appointments to high federal office, selective regulatory actions against targeted corporations, and a host of other extra-constitutional tactics.
In short, Podesta showed the Clintons that they could gain by force what they might fail to achieve through legislation. “Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kind of cool,” quipped White House aide Paul Begala to The New York Times on July 5, 1998, in response to questions about the Clintons’ growing disdain for the will of Congress.
In 2011, Carol Browner joined Center for American Progress as a Distinguished Senior Fellow. She was previously selected by President Barack Obama to head the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change. In that capacity, she served for two years as the assistant to the president for energy and climate change.
Carol Browner was listed as one of 14 leaders of 'Socialist International' a Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which calls for “global governance” and says rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change. This information was "scrubbed" from the Website and the Internet after complaints were voiced against the Obama Administration for appointing Carol Browner.