In October, the parish and city hired The Podesta Group, a D.C.-based lobbying firm founded in 1988 by John and Tony Podesta. John Podesta, who was White House chief of staff under President Clinton, is the man Obama has chosen to head his transition team.
Although John Podesta no longer runs The Podesta Group, his brother Tony does. Among the clients The Podesta Group lists on its Web site are Wal-Mart, National Public Radio and Egypt.
The parish is paying $5,000 of The Podesta Group’s $15,000-a-month bill, with Bossier City paying the remaining $10,000.