Powerful US Democratic lobbyist and political operative Tony Podesta has regained his influence under President Joe Biden’s administration and is expanding his list of lobbying clients, most recently registering as a foreign agent working to further the interests of the Libyan government. , said the Washington-based organization Open Secrets.
Doing business as Podesta.com, Podesta contracted with Tala Elemary Consulting, a Dubai-based consulting firm paid and run by the Libyan government. The contract, signed by Podesta on April 13, notes that “fees will be negotiated within 30 days,” according to the organization, which tracks campaign finance and lobbying data.
Foreign agent registration records indicate that Podesta’s services “will include lobbying U.S. government officials in the White House, Congress, as well as the U.S. media, to maintain political gains in Libya on behalf of the client. , promoting a constitutional basis for elections in 2022,” Opening Secrets reported.
Under the contract, Podesta will “deliberately liaise with appropriate US government departments and agencies” to “enhance clients’ interests in leadership in Libya”, he added.