A lobbying firm run by Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta and his brother admitted its failure to disclose work on behalf of a foreign government.
The Podesta Group, run by chairman Tony Podesta and his brother, filed two amended disclosure forms earlier this month in response to reporting by The Washington Free Beacon.
At issue is work the firm did on behalf of India. Firms that skirt transparency rules risk being charged with violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which has been in place since the 1930s.
The Free Beacon’s investigation found the following:
- The Podesta brothers met with an Indian ambassador on Aug. 4, 2014, in the White House. John Podesta was then a senior counselor to President Obama.
- Stolen emails published by WikiLeaks reveal that Tony emailed an invitation to John on Jan. 1, 2015, asking him to attend an event with an Indian ambassador.
Craig Engle, a partner at D.C.-based law firm Arent Fox, told the Free Beacon on Oct. 25 that those meetings should have been on Podesta Group’s original “supplemental” disclosure statements to the Department of Justice, but were not.
Podesta Group made roughly $60,000 per month for its work with the Indian government during that time.
“In its amended disclosure statements, the Podesta Group noted the August meeting and the January email,” the website reported Monday. “It also disclosed three other emails from Tony to John regarding the White House’s work on India. All of them were sent after John left the White House.”