After he left the Clinton Administration, Mr. [John] Podesta founded the Center for American Progress, a Beltway think tank with a hard liberal and partisan Democratic edge. ObamaCare, nationalizing the college loan market, slashing the defense budget, a new preschool entitlement, and using regulation to punish fossil fuels: These were all pushed by the Podesta policy shop.Another recent article Wall Street Journal says that the hiring of Podesta, who was just tapped to be an official adviser to President Obama, is the president's most important personnel move in a year, and that Mr. Obama is hoping Mr. Podesta will help energize the White House.
Here is a description of CAP from that article:
Mr. Podesta is chairman of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank he founded that regularly supplies policy ideas and staff to the White House and Congress.
Center for American Progress (CAP), which has close ties to the Obama Administration, was recently ranked as the 30th best think tank in the world by the annual University of Pennsylvania think tank rankings. It was ranked as the 11th best think tank in the US. It was also ranked as the 2nd best think tank in the world in terms of best use of the Internet or social media.