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.

Begich Decries ‘Outsiders’ but Enjoys Support from Billionaire Dems

Pro-Begich super PAC funded by Bloomberg, Katzenberg, Podesta
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D., Alaska) / AP

A super PAC with ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and financed by liberal billionaires from New York and Washington, D.C., is dropping huge sums to help reelect a vulnerable Democratic senator who has decried out-of-state influence in the race.

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.

Lobbyists for Hagel

Powerful Democratic Firm Helping Potential Defense Nominee
Tony, John, and Heather Podesta / AP, americanprogress.org, opensecrets.org

Foreign Policy reports that the Podesta Group “is channeling as much as $35,000″ to sponsor Mike Allen’s Playbook as it lobbies for the nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense.

Spins Records by Night, Press by Day

Obama revolving door continues to spin
Ben Chang

Former Obama administration public relations flack and amateur disc jockey/fashion photographer Ben Chang recently became a principal at the Podesta Group, the lobbying firm cofounded by left-wing brothers John and Tony Podesta.

Podesta in Cairo

State Department adviser, chairman of Center for American Progress tours Egypt with clients of family’s lobbying firms
USEBC Delegation / www.usegyptcouncil.org

A delegation of American business leaders with lobbying ties to relatives of a top Obama administration adviser wrapped up a four-day tour in Egypt aimed at laying the groundwork for increased economic cooperation on Tuesday, as violent rioters stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

GM’s Bailout Bucks

Automaker gave seven figures to Dem lobbyists after bailout
Vin Roberti (AP Images) and Tony Podesta (WikiMedia Commons)

General Motors has funneled more than $1 million to two powerhouse Democratic lobbyists since the taxpayers rescued the automaker in 2009.