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Top Dems’ Lobbyists Giving Money to Clinton Team Have Ties to Russia – Reports

A number of top Democratic party lobbyists, who managed to amass large sums for Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign, personally represent or work at firms that have represented Russian interests, Washington Free Beacon news reported Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — US legislation on the registration of foreign agents requires that persons acting in the interests of other states periodically submit information about their activities, including financial documentation, to the Department of Justice.

According to the Washington Free Beacon news site, which gathered such documentation, in the first quarter of 2016, Tony Podesta, brother of former chairman of Clinton’s campaign John Podesta, received $20,000 from Russia’s largest bank Sberbank to “clarify the scope of sanctions imposed by Executive Order 13660.”

This order was signed by then US President Barack Obama in March 2014 to block “property of certain persons contributing to the situation in Ukraine.” Podesta, who donated at least $260,000 to Clinton’s campaign, was paid $170,000 by Sberbank for his services throughout 2016.


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