Politics

Podesta Group Didn't Disclose Lobbying Work For India

| by Ray Brown

A lobbying firm run by Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, failed to disclose that it was lobbying for foreign governments.

The Podesta Group, run by John Podesta and his brother, Tony Podesta, amended two disclosure forms from 2014 and 2015 to note that they held meetings and had email communications while John Podesta worked as an adviser to President Barack Obama and as Clinton's campaign chairman, reported the Washington Free Beacon.

The brothers met with the Indian ambassador to the U.S. in the White House on Aug. 4, 2014, according to visitor logs. At the time, John Podesta was Obama's senior adviser.

Relations with India was one of Podesta's areas of specialty in regards to his advising duties. Meanwhile, the Indian government was paying the Podesta Group to lobby on its behalf.

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According to Foreign Agents Registration Act documents, India has been a client of the Podesta Group since 2010.

John Podesta didn't relinquish himself from his lobbying duties while advising Obama nor while he led Clinton's losing campaign.

On Jan. 1, 2015, he and Tony Podesta again met with the Indian ambassador.

Emails obtained by Wikileaks reveal that the brothers had several communications about the country.

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“Can you call me when u get a minute,” Tony Podesta wrote on Feb. 18, 2015. “Couple of India questions.”

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, the Indian ambassador who met with the Podesta brothers at the White House in 2014, also had an open line of communication between Tony Podesta at the lobbying group and John Podesta as an adviser to Obama.

“Tony, Believe John tried to call just now. Was with my doctor and couldn’t take it. Could you please ask him to do so again,” Jaishankar wrote in a January 2015 email, according to the Washington Free Beacon. 

Sources: Washington Free Beacon, FARA.gov, Wikileaks/ Photo Credit: Center for American Progress/Flickr

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