|Anthony T. Podesta|
Podesta in January 2009
October 24, 1943 |
|Alma mater||University of Illinois at Chicago (B.A. 1967) MIT (MA, political science)Georgetown University Law Center (JD)|
|Known for||Co-founder of the Podesta Group|
|Tony Podesta bio at the Podesta Group website|
Anthony T. Podesta, (born 1943) commonly known as Tony Podesta, is an American lobbyist best known for founding the Podesta Group. Podesta has lobbied for a variety of groups, including Bank of America, BP, and Egypt in addition to political campaigns such as Ted Kennedy, George McGovern, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton. More recently, he has worked for Pennsylvania Democratic representatives Joe Sestak, Chris Carney, and Patrick Murphy, and chaired former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell's reelection campaign. He is closely connected with the Barack Obama White House and, along with his brother John and wife Heather, has repeatedly been named one of Washington's most powerful lobbyists and fundraisers.
Life and early career
Podesta grew up in Chicago with his Greek-American mother Mary, first-generation Italian immigrant father John Sr, and his brother John Jr. He studied political science both in college, at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and in graduate school at MIT. While studying at MIT in 1968, Podesta left for New Hampshire to work on the election campaign, organizing students to support Humphrey-Muskie. A few months later he began traveling around the country with presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy and then ended up running the scheduling advance operation in California and later states.
McCarthy was the first of several losing Democratic politicians that Podesta campaigned for. Others included Joe Duffy for the Senate in Connecticut in 1970, Ed Muskie and then George McGovern for president in 1972, Ted Kennedy in 1980, Walter Mondale's presidential campaign in 1984, and Michael Dukakis in 1988, the same year that the Podesta brothers founded their lobbying firm.
In 1988 Tony and John Podesta founded Podesta Associates, which became PodestaMatoon when Republican Daniel Mattoon joined the team in 2001. The name was again changed to the Podesta Group when Mattoon left in 2006.
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- "Who’s doing Mubarak’s bidding in Washington?". Salon.com. January 28, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
- Sara Miles (Dec. 1999). "Do YOU Know Tony Podesta?". Wired.
- "Podestas Rule Washington and Obama Guest List". U.S. News and World Report. November 2, 2009. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
- "Hired Guns: The City's 50 Top Lobbyists". The Washingtonian. 2007. Retrieved October 2011.
- "The Uber Lobbyists of Washington". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2009.
- "Top Lobbyists: Hired Guns". The Hill. 2011.
- Don Nicoll (Sept 2002). "Interview with Anthony "Tony" Podesta". Bates College.
- Rachel Van Dongen (Nov 2009). "Profile – Tony Podesta". Washington Post.
- Sarasohn, Judy (Nov 2006). "PodestaMattoon By Any Other Name...". the Washington Post. Retrieved Oct 2011.