Podesta Group is working for the Hong Kong Trade Development Council under a $300K one-year agreement that began April 1.
The Washington-based firm is to further HKTDC’s interests via contact with members of Congress, White House and non-governmental organizations.
It will monitor activities “to determine the potential for positive initiatives as well as threats to the interests of Hong Kong,” according to the pact.
Those issues cover trade/economic matters as well as “environmental protection, labor and human rights, public health and food safety.”
The contract will immediately be terminated in the event that well-connected Democrat Tony Podesta can no longer personally handle the account.
In February, the HKTD hired Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld for a four-month government relations pact at $36K a-month.
Similarly, that pact becomes null and void if either former Congressmen Vic Fazio (D-Cal.) or Tom Loeffler (R-Tex.) walks away from the account.