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TechNet exec leaves for Washington

A vice president at the Silicon Valley advocacy group decamps for Washington, D.C., to work in the Bush administration.

The revolving door between Washington and a Silicon Valley advocacy group continues to spin.

On Tuesday, TechNet said that Vice President Connie Correll was leaving to join the Bush administration as a senior adviser at the Commerce Department. Correll previously worked on Capitol Hill as a press aide to two Republican politicians.

"Connie's departure will be a loss for TechNet, but it's a win for the Bush administration," Rick White, head of TechNet, said in a statement. "Connie has played a critical role in TechNet's recent success. Her management style, her political sense, and her vast network of business, political and media contacts have been truly invaluable."

White previously was a Republican congressman from Washington state. He was elected in 1994 and won re-election in 1996, but was defeated in 1998.

On the Democratic side, TechNet employs Donald Fowler, a former national director for the Gore-Lieberman campaign in 2000.

TechNet?s top issues are education, free trade, broadband, and opposing proposals to force companies to account for stock options as an expense. TechNet has not taken a position on some of the wildly controversial copyright proposals in Congress or privacy-related proposals.

Members of TechNet, which is based in Palo Alto, Calif., include Microsoft, Intel, Cisco Systems and Oracle.