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Harold McEwen Ickes is a superdelegate in the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
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"Hillary Clinton tries to wrest Michigan & Florida delegates from party panel", New York Daily News, May 29, 2008.
Ickes is "technically a volunteer for the campaign known as Hillary for President"—is "Adviser to the Campaign Manager" for Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.)'s 2008 presidential campaign, The Politico reported April 18, 2007.
Ickes' firm—Ickes and Enright Group—is part of Washington D.C.-based lobbying firm Griffin Johnson Dover & Stewart. Ickes' "lobbying clients have included a nursing home association, the insurance company Equitas, the Service Employees International Union and a subsidiary of Verizon communications." 
"Perhaps Ickes' largest-scale project is Catalist, a private company born out of his open distrust in the ability of Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean to build a voter database to rival that of the Republicans. Ickes is president of the company. ...
"Catalist had 19 clients last electoral cycle, many of them union-backed political operations and advocacy groups, such as the Sierra Club and the AFL-CIO, Ickes said. ... Adding a bit of delicacy to his position, Catalist is in talks with the Clinton campaign as well as rival Democratic primary campaigns." 
Ickes is also a member of the Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee.
Ickes chaired Clinton's presidential campaign in New York in 1992. Before that, Ickes was a senior advisor to David Dinkins' successful mayoral election. He returned to private life in 1997. Ickes' father (Harold LeClaire Ickes (1874-1952)) served as U.S. Secretary of the Interior (1933-1946) during the Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration.
Ickes was linked to a series of scandals and investigations at the Clinton White House:
See Harold Ickes' Deposition made June 14, 1996, to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, U.S. House of Representatives.
Monica Lewinski Scandal
Labor Union/Teamsters Campaign Funding
Ickes is said to have "represented many labor unions over the years. Some of those unions -- the Laborers, Local 100 of the Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union in New York, Teamsters Local 239 in New York, and the District Council of Carpenters in New York -- have extensive ties to organized crime, according to federal prosecutors. In fact, Ickes's ties to corrupt unions were so extensive that the White House deemed it impossible to nominate him for a job that required Senate confirmation and placed him instead in the position of deputy chief of staff."
"In the financial disclosure statement that Ickes was required to file upon entering the White House, he says he left his law firm (Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein) in December 1993. Ickes listed two Laborers union organizations among the 199 clients he handled between 1989 and 1993. Those organizations were the Laborers and Employers Cooperation and Education Trust and the Laborers New York State Political Action Committee. Both were groups that engaged in lobbying and political activity for the union."
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- Ickes to be Deputy Chief of Staff, White House Press Release, December 22, 1993.
- Lloyd Grove,Harold Ickes, Insider Out, The Washington Post, July 18, 1997.
- Susan Schmidt, Teamsters Contributions to Clinton Effort Probed, The Washington Post, October 9, 1997.
- Questioning re Monica Lewinski, CNN.com, (1998); Lewinsky Testimony.
- White House, DNC, and Clinton-Gore Campaign Fundraising Efforts Involving the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Senate Governmental Affairs.
- Reno to Open Probe of Ickes In Fund Raising. Clinton's Campaign Chief Is Suspected of Perjury In Deposition to Senate, The Laborers, September 2, 1998.
- In re Harold McEwen Ickes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Independent Counsel Division, Department of Justice, September 1, 1998: "The preliminary investigation has now been concluded, and I have determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that further investigation is warranted."
- Roberto Suro, Preliminary Probe Ordered in Ickes Case, The Washington Post, September 2, 1998.
- Michael J. Sniffen, Ickes Probe Rejected. Reno Used Maximum Time Allowed Under Independent Counsel Act, ABCNews, January 29, 1999.
- Erin Joyce, NYSIA Hires Harold Ickes as DC Lobbyist, AtNewYork.com, November 8, 2001; New York Software Industry Association (NSIA).
- Chris Cillizza and Mark Preston, Clinton Broadens Role, National Republican Senatorial Committee, January 29, 2003.
- Ben Smith, "Hillary's Hammer Returns," The Politico, April 18, 2007.
- DemConWatch - A very comprehensive list of superdelegates and known commitments. Please use this as a starting point and double check by doing a news search to make sure the data is accurate. If you have a tip, let them know.
- WashingtonPost.com - Web site with full listing of superdelegates broken out by state and then type.