Obama Allies Court Corporate Support for Climate Regulations

Groups hold meetings with admin officials, train executives to talk to media
John Podesta, Tom Steyer / AP

Getting the business community on board with environmental regulations that are expected to kill hundreds of thousands of jobs is a difficult task, but Democratic operatives are working publicly and behind the scenes to build private sector support.

Divorce Beltway Style

Column: The Democratic breakup that exposes Washington’s rotten core
Tony and Heather Podesta

“I see lobbying,” Tony Podesta has said, “as getting information in the hands of people who are making decisions so they can make more informed decisions.” Last week the information Tony Podesta was giving was the divorce complaint he had filed in D.C. Court against his wife Heather. The hands receiving the information were those of a gossip columnist for the Washington Post, who made the “informed decision” to report on it. Later in the day Heather, who is also a lobbyist, passed the text of her counter-suit to the Post. It published a follow-up.

Gas Attack

Column: How Democratic donors benefit financially from climate policy
Tom Steyer, George Soros, John Podesta / AP

Some lies just won’t go away. In February the Washington Post published an article with the following headline: “Why There’s No Democratic Version of the Koch Brothers’ Organization.” It was the umpteenth attempt to explain, in a particularly simplistic manner, how the millionaires and billionaires who donate money to the Democratic Party are nothing, absolutely nothing, like those meanie cancer research philanthropists Charles and David Koch.

Love in the Time of Obama

Column: Alex Wagner, Sam Kass, and the new aristocracy
Sam Kass and Alex Wagner / AP

The first time he saw her from a distance. She was a reporter, observing his workplace from the outside. He was struck by her good looks, her energy. He mentioned her to a friend, who told him she was out of his league. But he persisted. His friend brought him to a party where he found an opportunity to strike up a conversation with her. One thing led to another. He took her to drinks. She mentioned she liked baseball, rooted for the Washington Nationals. They had that in common. So for their next date he took her to play catch. In Nationals Park. When it was closed to the public.

Center for Conflicts of Interest

CAP policy analysts also employed by international consulting firm
Center for American Progress

At least three policy analysts at the Center for American Progress (CAP) are employed at an international consulting firm that has undisclosed foreign clients, posing a significant conflict-of-interest risk for the think tank, according to ethics experts.

Podesta Apologizes to Boehner for Jonestown Crack

Center for American Progress chairman called House GOP ‘a cult worthy of Jonestown’
Jonestown victims and John Podesta

The White House’s newest top adviser apologized on Wednesday for comparing House Republicans to members of a notorious suicidal cult after the comment drew fire from congressional Republicans.

Center for America-Iran Progress

CAP tied to firm that employed U.S. Iran negotiator, has undisclosed foreign clients
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman / AP

The Center for American Progress has received funding from a prominent Washington consulting firm that works with undisclosed foreign entities and previously employed the top U.S. negotiator on the Iranian nuclear program, raising questions about the progressive think tank’s commitment to transparency.

Podesta Group Clients Donated to Podesta’s Center for American Progress

12 corporate CAP donors paid Podesta Group millions
Many of John Podesta's lobbying firm's clients also supported his 501(c)3 Center for American Progress

Overlap between donors to the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the client list of the lobbying firm founded by John Podesta, CAP’s outgoing chairman, has some wondering whether the think tank acts as an extension of Podesta’s influence peddling.