Podesta Group

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Podesta Group [1] was founded by Tony and John Podesta in 1988. Their clients include governments from around the globe [2], among others Russia [3] and Azerbajan [4].

Unethical, criminal, and suspicious activities

Undermining humanitarian efforts in Sudan

Taken from https://www.publicintegrity.org/2016/07/14/19930/rape-murder-famine-and-21-million-k-street-pr

A U.N. report on human rights, accountability and reconciliation in South Sudan, released in March, offered a contrasting assessment. * “Despite repeated commitments to end the violence, protect civilians and punish perpetrators, to date, there is no evidence or available public information of any genuine efforts by the government to investigate, prosecute and punish violations and abuses, some of them amounting to international crimes,” the report states. For its part, Podesta discouraged sanctions in press materials as something that “will undoubtedly lead to [the] collapse of [a] fragile peace agreement, resulting in potential loss of lives and suffering for the people of South Sudan.”But the humanitarian expert said South Sudan’s lobbying efforts included statements that were “just blatantly, patently false” in portraying the nation.“This is the first time ever, since I’ve done this job,” said the expert, “… that I’ve had to lobby against a professional lobbying firm [Podesta Group] which is trying to undermine peace, and human rights and humanitarian efforts.”

Lobbying on behalf of the human-rights abusing government of Iraq

Taken from https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/feb/13/tony-podesta-group-iraq-lobbying

Whenever you think DC sleaze has reached its low point, it always manages to prove you wrong. Politico's Byron Taub and Anna Palmer this afternoon report that the authoritarian, human-rights-abusing government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Malki is about to hire The Podesta Group as its first lobbying firm.

Lobbying on behalf of Egypt

Taken from http://www.salon.com/2011/01/28/egypt_in_washington/

Records also show Tony Podesta himself meeting with members of Congress, governors and generals in recent years to discuss U.S.-Egypt relations and the military aid package and to introduce Egyptian officials to American power brokers. *

Relationship to #Pizzagate

Connection to the Washington Post

The Podesta Group and the Washington Post also had key "revolving door" hires from one another. Perhaps most significantly, Tony Podesta was employed by the Washington Post, while running the Podesta Group. For more information, see the page in this wiki for the Washington Post.

Connection to the Panama Papers


See also