Center for American Progress Chairman Now Working as Lobbyist for Iraq/Iran

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Time Magazine described the Center for American Progress as “Obama’s Idea Factory” and stated that “not since the Heritage Foundation helped guide Ronald Reagan’s transition in 1981 has a single outside group held so much sway”

The founder and Chairman of the Center for American Progress, John Podesta’s Podesta Group is now the official lobbying firm for the Iraqi government of Maliki, which has rather uncomfortably close ties to Iran.

The government of Iraq is in the final stages of inking a contract with the Podesta Group as its first Washington lobbying firm.

Podesta was also chosen in part for boss Tony Podesta’s relationship with top Democrats — including Vice President Joe Biden. Podesta also has a long relationship with former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Since this is Politico, left unstated is the number of Center for American Progress goons who have gone on to high positions in  Obama Inc. Obama’s current Chief of Staff is of many CAP veterans.

So Iraq’s Malki took the pick of the Washington whorehouse. The lobbying firm that built the Obama Administration. And just like Obama comes with Podesta, Iran comes with Maliki.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government handed in the country to Iran “in a golden plate,” former Iraqi premier and head of the al-Iraqiyya Coalition Eyad Allawi said in an interview with Al Arabiya Friday.

“It is known that Iran supports the Iraqi regime and that the United States, with its limited political views, handed in Iraq on a golden plate to Iran,” Allawi told Al Arabiya.

It’s truly shocking then that Hagel, Iran’s golden boy is being ushered in as Secretary of Defense.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    It has long been known, far left poohbahs, and some on the right (in Washington & beyond), retire with hefty private sector incentives, in the service of America's enemies.Chuckie-boy Hagel comes to the fore. And those who are connected with the tentacles of George-the-devil-incarnate Soros's appendages are particularly flush.

    One needn't go as far as Brennan, a Muslim convert, to have divided loyalties – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/11/john-brennan-…. Alas, Hagel is an Islamic profiteer (refusing to divulge his due diligence financials…why is this?) and Podesta (like MANY others) is also in the till and the Islamic tank! Basically, lobbying for an avowed enemy state is not a problem for Obama & gang, hardly worth the AG's glance.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • SoCalMike

    The rules for private citizens simply don't apply to those who legislate and regulate.
    When we offer bribe money or take bribe money, it's called "bribery" and it's a serious crime.
    But when career parasites who work for government their whole lives do the same thing, it's called lobbying and donations.
    And when Democrats commit treason, it's called patriotism, doing the right thing or opposing torture.
    The desire to engage in and commit treason is in their blood and bones.
    Their hatred and loathing of traditional America is so intense and deep, they will never stop until we no longer exist as a free country.
    The desire of people to live free is so repugnant and repulsive to dirt bags like Podesta and Obama, they will say or do anything in pursuit of power to control others including delivering advanced weapons platforms to people who think just like the 9/11 hijackers.

  • Correction

    This article conflates John Podesta, founder and chairman of the Center for American Progress, with his brother Tony Podesta, who remains active with Podesta Group. John Podesta sold his stake in Podesta Group before joining the Clinton administration in '92.