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Jun 3, 2010 10:10 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

White House faces questions over Colorado dealmaking

The White House is facing fresh questions over back-room dealmaking.

Colorado Democrat Andrew Romanoff has acknowledged that he was encouraged by one of President Barack Obama's top advisers to apply for an international development job instead of challenging the candidate whom the president favored in a Senate race, Michael Bennet.

A White House official says no formal offer was ever made and insists there was nothing inappropriate in the contacts.

The revelation again called into question repeated promises by Obama to run an open government that was above private political horse-trading. Republicans are charging that Obama's promise to change the ways of Washington has given way to the craven politics he campaigned against.

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