WHITE HOUSE: Podesta reaped speaking fees before joining Obama admin Kevin Bogardus, E&E reporter Published: Monday, June 16, 2014 John Podesta, a counselor to President Obama, took in some significant speaking fees before joining the White House. Please subscribe to Greenwire to read the full story. Username: Password: Forgot your access codes? Recover them. Not a subscriber? Sign up for a trial. Ready to subscribe? Click here.