Tony Podesta. This is who Hillary works with?

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A shocking story hit the news last week when an email released by WikiLeaks revealed that Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta was invited by his brother Tony Podesta (a major donation bundler for Clinton’s campaign) to attend a “Spirit Dinner” with Marina Abramovic on July 9, 2015.  

The Washington Post scrambled to try to debunk the story, calling it a conspiracy theory, and said, “No, John Podesta didn’t drink body fluids at a secret Satanist dinner.”  The Post refers to an email Tony sent John the next day after the dinner, saying “Marina missed you,” which indicates John Podesta did not attend the dinner after all.

They also claim that even though Abramovic is known for her controversial and dangerous performances, where the recipes were written on walls in blood, it’s just art.  “It might not be everyone’s taste in art, but it’s still art.”

According to the “artist”, she was “astonished and appalled that references to my work are being misrepresented in this way to use for political capital.”  She said Tony Podesta is a “long-standing friend”, and John was invited as well but could not attend.  Abramovic reportedly claimed the dinner was “just a normal menu, which I call spirit cooking. There was no blood, no anything else. We just call things funny names, that’s all.”

A video of her spirit dinners suggests otherwise.

Speaking of Tony Podesta and his taste for art, an archived story has resurfaced, dated September 23, 2004, also from the Washington Post about Tony Podesta’s contemporary art collection in the two homes he shared with his then wife, Heather… and how it often makes their guests uncomfortable.  According to the story, “Tony and Heather don’t shy away from discomfort — especially when they can inflict it, ever so gently, on others.”

The Washington Post described computer-manipulated photographs showing a boy born from a sewing machine, another of a young girl knitting her own hair, and a third of a naked woman immersed in blood-red liquid. Another 8-foot-tall color photo is described as a replica of a dead Jesus in minute detail, laid out on his back, minus the shroud, leaving him completely naked.

The story quotes Tony’s brother, John Podesta as saying he admires his brother’s choices in art but recognizes not everyone gets it.   They also share a story about when Hillary Clinton visited their home, and she ducked around trying to avoid being photographed with the naked figure in the background.

Podesta’s guests reportedly “got an eyeful” when attending a house tour and saw documentary-style pictures of naked teenagers in a bedroom of the Podesta home.   Washington Post reported that Tony Podesta and his wife were delighted that their guests were “horrified” when they saw it.

Pictures of naked teenagers in their home… once again, it’s “just art.”

Tony Podesta and John Podesta founded a lobbying firm in 1988, The Podesta Group. Tony is chairman of the firm, and in 2007 was ranked as the third most influential lobbyist in Washington.   His clients include not only large corporations, but foreign governments, including the government of Saudi Arabia.  He has also reportedly bundled at least $75,000 in donations for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

According to Wikipedia, the Podesta Group “also represents the interests of Russia’s largest financial institution Sberbank, which controls approximately 30 percent of Russian banking assets.”

John Podesta was White House Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton, from 1998 to 2001.  Now as chairman of Hillary’s campaign, he is working to get her into the Oval Office.

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