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Mr. Gips also served domestic policy adviser to Mr. Gore, while Ms. Rice served on the National Security Council under Mr. Clinton.

Mr. Gips, whose financial support of Mr. Obama first began during the Democrat’s 2004 campaign for a seat in the Illinois state senate, now works as vice president of corporate strategy and development for Colorado-based Level 3 Communications, the sixth largest defense contractor in the country.

While Mr. Gips isn’t one of its lobbyists, the company also has spent more than a half-million dollars lobbying Congress and federal agencies so far this year, according to Senate records.

• Christina Bellantoni contributed to this report from Chicago.

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