On election night, Schmidt is among the celebrities -- including Oprah Winfrey -- at Obama's victory rally in Chicago.
Later that week, Schmidt is named an economic adviser to Obama's transition staff, and Obama continues to rely on Googlers during his presidential transition: The president-elect
appoints Andrew McLaughlin, who helps Google's Political Action Committee raise over $200,000 for Obama's campaign, to run the President's technology transition group.
Rumors swirl that Schmidt is on deck for a formal role in the administration, but he denies them. Instead, he will later accept a place on the President's Council of Advisors on
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