And it was quite the paycheck. Will the Media (D) disclose this close tie with Russia?
If the Media(D) was really concerned about US connections to Russia, maybe they’d look to the LEFT.
Well, it’s not just John Podesta with close ties to Moscow, it’s also his brother, Tony.
Democrat super-lobbyist Tony Podesta was paid $170,000 over a six-month period last year to represent Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, seeking to end one of the Obama administration’s economic sanctions against that country, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned.
Podesta, founder and chairman of the Podesta Group, is listed as a key lobbyist on behalf of Sberbank, according to Senate lobbying disclosure forms. His firm received more than $24 million in fees in 2016, much of it coming from foreign governments, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
Podesta is the brother of John Podesta, who was the national campaign chairman for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s losing 2016 campaign for the presidency. Former President Barack Obama imposed the sanctions following the Russian seizure of the Crimean region of Ukraine in 2014.
The lobbying campaign targeted Congress and the executive branch, with Podesta and other lobbyists arranging at least two meetings between Sberbank officers and Department of State officials, according to Elena Teplitskaya, Sberbank’s board chairman, who spoke to House aides in August.
The discovery of high-profile Democrats like Podesta being paid lucrative fees for lobbying to lift U.S. sanctions on Russia contrasts with charges from Democrats that President Donald Trump and his key aides are soft on Russia while the Obama administration was tough on Moscow…
…The Podesta Group represented Sberbank and its subsidiaries, Troika Dialog Group in the Cayman Islands, SBGB Cyprus Ltd in Nicosia, Cyprus, and SB International in Luxembourg. Troika Dialog also was related to Klein, Ltd., a Cayman Island organization that once funneled tens of millions of dollars to environmental groups to oppose low-cost fracking in the U.S., which was hurting the Russian oil industry.
The Podesta Group represents dozens of foreign embassies in the nation’s capital, as well as many authoritarian regimes like Vietnam, Myanmar and Somalia. The lobbying firm also represents political parties in Moldova and Albania, according to its Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) filing.
A second lobbying shop, the Madison Group also represented Sberbank and received $330,000 from the bank in 2016, according to Senate lobbying records. Two of the three Madison lobbyists working the account are lifelong Democrats.
Read more: The Daily Caller
Isn’t that rich?
The ‘Red Scare’ Democrats are alleging Trump colluding with Russia while their fundraisers and pals get paid loads of cash by the Russians to lobby against sanctions.
It’s especially rich when it’s someone so close to Hillary’s campaign.
The Media (D) sweeps this video of Obama with Medvedev talking about his post-election ‘flexibility’ on negotiating missile defense right under the rug.
Nothing to see here.
Just like there is nothing with Podesta and his shares, Hillary negotiating massive amounts of uranium going to Russia, and Tony Podesta’s lobbying.
Oh, and the cozy, frequent visits to the White House by the Russian Ambassador and the Dems inviting him to Trump’s address to Congress.
Contrast that to:
President Trump asking Putin, a man he’s never met, to ‘release Hillary’s emails’, Jeff Sessions meeting the Russian Ambassador twice — once in his office with senior staff in attendance and once at a public event, Gen. Flynn on the phone with the Russian Ambassador that was wiretapped.
One of these two parties looks like it really does have close ties to Russia.
But it’s not the one the Media (D) is pinning it on.