August 28, 2013

Location, Location, Connections

Mary Landrieu’s husband, Frank Snelling, is selling “super lobbyist” Tony Podesta’s fundraising townhome in D.C. Snelling (and Landrieu) will likely make a hefty commission selling the home, currently listed at over $1.8 million, but both sums pale in comparison to how much Podesta has raised at fundraisers hosted at the home.

The arrangement reeks of influence peddling” since Podesta’s firm has clients with business before Mary Landrieu’s committees:

“Lockheed Martin is currently the Podesta Group’s biggest client, paying $200,000 in the second quarter for lobbying on appropriations and budget matters, according to a lobbying filing. Landrieu is chairwoman of the Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee, and Lockheed is the number four contractor for the Department of Homeland Security, pulling in $446 million, according to a late-2012 report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Oil giant BP is another Podesta Group client, paying the firm more than $2 million in lobbying fees since late 2006.”

Selling their C Street townhome won’t slow down the Podestas: earlier this summer Podesta’s wife, Heather Podesta, hosted a fundraiser at the couple’s other D.C. home that cost anywhere between $1,000 and $32,400  which went to, among others, Mary Landrieu.