Russia is being blamed by the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration for the hacking of campaign chair John Podesta’s email account, but the relationship was once much cozier.
Emails released by WikiLeaks reveal that Podesta at one time owned stock in an energy firm that had ties to Russia.
To comply with government ethics rules when he went back to work at the White House, John Podesta had to separate himself from Joule Unlimited Technologies, where he reportedly owned 75,000 shares, so he resigned from his 3-year position on the board, and transferred his shares to his adult children in a “share-laundering” move.
A hacked email with attached documents dated January 3, 2014 included a resignation letter from the board, and a letter requesting that a total of 33,693 shares be transferred to Leonido Holdings, LLC – a company with the same address as his daughter’s home in Dublin, California.
Podesta’s daughter, Megan Rouse, also operates Megan Rouse Financial Planning from that same address, reported East Bay Times.
Rouse was elected to the Dublin school board in 2014.
Other hacked emails show Podesta asked some big names in Washington, DC to contribute to his daughter’s school board re-election campaign in Dublin, California.
On July 10, 2014, Podesta sent out his request for a contribution and an invite to a fundraiser in DC.
“Tony previously sent you the attached invite to a reception and fundraiser for our daughter Megan Rouse, who is running for School Board in Dublin, CA. Megan is serving on the Board, having been picked through a merit selection process to fill a vacancy. She is doing a great job and is sort of running for re-election, but this is her first time before the voters. Of course, we are super proud of her and the work she is doing. While you probably aren’t too vested in the outcome of local California school board races, we hope you can support her candidacy, even at a modest level, as she begins her career as an elected official. Good to get in on the ground floor.”
True to political campaign contribution format, the letter included a form the donors could complete at the bottom, choosing to donate $25, $50, $100, $250, $500 or “other”.
The other school board candidates didn’t stand a chance. Rouse was re-elected to the school board.
Clinton campaign manager John Podesta hid Russian linked uranium shares in shell company owned by daughter https://t.co/PgoOL6lq0e
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 21, 2016
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