Tony Podesta CEO of the Podesta Group co-founded the public affairs firm in 1998 with his brother John – himself a prominent Clinton operative.
John Podesta has played a variety of roles in the Clinton machine.
He served as chief of staff under President Bill Clinton and is now the chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.
Prominent Democrat Party-aligned Washington think tank the Center for American Progress was also founded by John Podesta – who was its first president.The Panama Papers reveal a bit more about the Saudi royal family, which has used a series of British Virgin Islands shell companies to take out at least $34 million worth of mortgages for houses in London and ‘a luxury yacht the length of a football field’.
The Podesta Group is by no means the only D.C.-based lobbying firm that shills for the Saudis.
A slew of other Washington lobbyists join the Podesta Group in working on behalf of the theocratic Saudi regime – which governs according to a strict, fundamentalist interpretation of Islamic law – funds and exports extremism throughout the world – regularly beheads dissidents and refuses to grant basic rights to women.