WHITE HOUSE: Podesta huddled with Dem megadonors Steyer, Soros amid campaign launch, records show Robin Bravender, E&E reporter Published: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 Early this year, President Obama's new counselor John Podesta met with some old friends for lunch in the West Wing. 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.