Power Players of Election 2012Key advisers, surrogates, and deep-pocketed donors that are shaping the race for the White House
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Communications Director for Obama's reelection campaign. Served as senior adviser to President Obama from 2009 to 2011 and was Obama's chief campaign strategist in 2008. He was formerly a political writer for the Chicago Tribune. "I have one campaign left," Axelrod recently told Chicago Magazine, "and it is going to be to try to elect a guy who I think is a great president."