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White House Counselor hosts attends party for lobbying firm (UPDATED).

On Wednesday night, the lobbying firm Quinn Gillespie & Associates hosted “its popular annual holiday party,” offering their guests finger food and champagne. The firm’s profile at the party got a boost from the White House as former founding partner Ed Gillespie, who is currently serving as counselor to President Bush, greeted guests:

Lobbying firm Quinn Gillespie & Associations returned to hosting its popular annual holiday party Wednesday evening, after taking a year off in 2007. On hand to greet their many guests were the firm’s two founding partners, Democrat Jack Quinn and Republican Ed Gillespie, though Gillespie left the outfit last year to join the White House.

National Journal’s Bara Vaida notes that Gillespie “severed his financial ties to the lobbying firm when he joined the White House,” but “could return to K Street” after Bush leaves office.

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Quinn Gillespie & Associates Vice Chairman Jeff Connaughton e-mails ThinkProgress, disputing the accuracy of Vaida’s report:

This sentence is ridiculously misleading.

“On hand to greet their many guests were the firm’s two founding partners, Democrat Jack Quinn and Republican Ed Gillespie, though Gillespie left the outfit last year to join the White House.”

These people were NOT guests of Ed Gillespie, Jack and Ed did NOT jointly “greet their many guests” and you need to correct your story as wrong.