The Missouri 2nd District US Congressional race between Ed Martin and Ambassador Ann Wagner is beginning to get exciting – as primary’s often do…
Interesting at best, upon examination of 3rd. quarter FEC candidate contribution reports associated with Missouri 2nd. District, it was to my discovery that Ambassador Ann Wagner is in the receiving of campaign contributions from the Podesta Group. At first sight my eyebrow raised immediately in shock. In multiple junctures the Ambassador echoes an embraced position aimed at conservative principles representative of small government, but association with John and Tony Podesta is clearly a position toward endangerment against the principles many of us hold dear and live by every day.
Here is a little background on the Podesta Group:
The Podesta Lobby Group was founded by brothers Tony and John Podesta, retained by some of the biggest corporations in the country. Tony Podesta’s bio boasts; “if you want something done in Washington DC you go to Tony Podesta.” After John Podesta started the firm he went on to serve as Bill Clinton’s chief of staff, he found the liberal think tank ‘Center for American Progress’ closely associated with Obama and George Soros’s ‘Open Society Institute’. John Podesta was also Barack Obama’s presidential transition director and remains one of his closest confidants, plus the Podesta Group is one of seven firms registered as foreign agent for Egypt.
The Ambassador received funding from Podesta Group’s Kimberly Fritts, CEO, “As CEO of the Podesta Group, Kimberley Fritts oversees day to day affairs for what The New York Times calls “one of Washington’s biggest players.” For more than a decade, she and her Podesta Group team have been developing inventive political and legislative strategies that position clients for success. Under Kimberley’s leadership, the Podesta Group has undergone a meteoric rise to becoming one of Washington’s top lobbying firms, according to The Washington Post, Fortune, Legal Times, Roll Call and The Hill. And it comes as no surprise to all who know her that the Podesta Group was recently dubbed “King of K-Street” by POLITICO.”
The Ambassador also received funding from Randall Gerard, Podesta Group’s lobbyist for government relations strategies, and Missi Tessier, Podesta Group’s PR.
Tony Podesta runs the lobbying firm he started with his brother John, the most prolific lobbyist bundler in the country. Heather Podesta is also a lobbyist, and she is second only to her husband on the score of bundling. The [Podesta] couple, already known as top-tier Democratic donors and lobbyists, appears back-to-back at the top of the FEC’s lobbyist bundler database.
Think about this cozy relationship in the context of Obama’s constant anti-lobbyist rhetoric. His closest advisor is brothers with the lobbyist who raises the most money for his party.
There are other connections: Obama’s HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius is close enough to Heather and Tony that she attended Podesta’s 65th birthday party Heather threw for Tony.
When you hear Ambassador Ann Wagner say; “I’ll repeal Obamacare”. I doubt it.
Tony Podesta has visited Obama’s White House at least 21 times, Heather visited 13. Tony was the first lobbyist to hire up an Obama administration alumnus, plucking Labor Department aide Oscar Ramirez in 2009.
Tony’s clients include Bank of America, Blue Cross, BP, Credit Suisse, Duke Energy, General Motors, Google, H&R Block, Lockheed Martin, Merck, National Public Radio, United Technologies, and Wal-Mart. Many of these companies have benefited from Obama administration policies. Heather Podesta’s clients include, Cigna, Eli Lilly, Home Depot, and U.S. Steel.
Here is the kicker. Lobbyists represented or hired by the Crawford Group (Enterprise Holding, Inc.), names three lobby firms; Enterprise Holdings (Raymond Wagner-Lobbyist), Ogilvy Government Relations, and Podesta Group. All three lobby groups are contributors on Ambassador Ann Wagner’s FEC 3rd quarter report. The Crawford Group’s 2011 $’s to date, $533,000. See the link below for details.
Finally, David Steward Chairman & CEO of Worldwide Technology, another contributor listed on Ambassador’s 3rd. quarter report, Steward contributed thousands of dollars to Obama’s Inaugural.
High fueled grassroots contributions no matter how small hold a much higher value than any lobbyist due a payback – especially when that payback is due to Podesta and the Obama Administration.
Perhaps one day those with crown jewels will learn to never underestimate The People.
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/07/obama-cozy-podestas-lead-bundling-game#ixzz1b4F5zpp7