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Tony Podesta Made $500K Lobbying for Firm Convicted of Illegal Sales to Iran

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By    |   Tuesday, 28 Mar 2017 12:19 PM

Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta made more than $500K from a Chinese company that was convicted in March of making illegal sales to Iran, The Daily Caller reported.

Podesta, who runs the lobbying firm the Podesta Group and is the brother of former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, was hired by ZTE Telecommunications in early 2016 to help the Chinese firm's negotiations with President Barack Obama's Department of Justice, the DC reported.

ZTE ultimately pled guilty and agreed to pay $1.19 billion in fines for 22 years of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act in its dealings with Iran.

The firm has grossed $530,000 from ZTE, The Daily Caller reported.

Podesta put together a team of 11 lobbyists to work on ZTE's behalf last year, 10 of whom previously worked at the state, defense or commerce departments, the DC reported.

Th lobbyist is deeply ensconced in Democratic politics, having most recently served as Bill Clinton's presidential campaign director, the DC reported.

He also represented the Russian bank Sberbank for 6 months in 2016 to the tune of $170,000.

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