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Tony Podesta paid $500K by Huawei to lobby White House, disclosure shows
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The Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei paid longtime Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta $500,000 to lobby on its behalf in the third quarter, federally mandated financial disclosures of Podesta's lobbying activities show.
Podesta, who is the brother of former top Obama administration aide John Podesta, was brought on to help Huawei with "[t]elecommunications and trade issues" this summer, according to a registration form revealing that he took Huawei on as a client.
CNBC first reported Podesta's third-quarter paycheck from Huawei. Neither Podesta nor the White House responded to requests from FOX Business on Friday.
Huawei brought Podesta on in an effort to improve its relationship with the Biden administration, Politico reported earlier this year.