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March 27, 2007

Reichert aide leaves for high-profile anti-poverty group

Posted by David Postman at 4:05 PM

Kimberly Cadena, Congressman Dave Reichert's spokeswoman, is leaving to be press secretary for the ONE Campaign, an effort to build support in America to fight global poverty and AIDS. She has been with Reichert for 18 months and before that worked for Colorado Rep. Bob Beauprez.

Cadena's new employer says on its website:

The ONE Campaign derives its name from the belief that allocating an additional one percent of the U.S. budget toward providing basic needs like health, education, clean water and food would transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation in the world's poorest countries. We also call for debt cancellation, trade reform and anti...quot;corruption measures in a comprehensive package to help Africa and the poorest nations beat AIDS and extreme poverty.

The ONE Campaign is staffing up a lot like a political campaign. Last fall the campaign hired Susan McCue, Harry Reid's former chief of staff, as CEO.

It is going to be somewhat of a political campaign. Cadena told me that the group will have a high profile in the early primary states and then later in swing states. ONE wants to push candidates to agree to the one percent budget increase and its other priorities.

The group has a long list of prominent partners, including Oxfam, World Vision, United Nations and religious groups. As the Hotline reported:

Yes, it's the Bono thingie.

And George Clooney, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts and Don Cheadle, too.

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