Paul Ryan Working at ‘Global CEO Advisory Firm’ Founded by ‘Man at the Center of Bill Clinton, Inc.’

In October 2020, during the “fog” of “COVID”, former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) joined a “global CEO advisory firm” founded by a well-connected Democrat former Clinton operative Doug Band.

“Teneo, the global CEO advisory firm, today announced the appointment of Speaker Paul Ryan as a Senior Advisor,” said the Teneo press release from October 6, 2020.

Ryan, 53, represented Wisconsin’s 1st U.S. House District from 1999 to 2019, served as House Speaker from 2015-2019, and was GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012.

Band, 51, co-founded Teneo in 2011 with Paul Keary and Declan Kelly.

Kelly, a native of Portroe, Co Tipperary, Ireland, was appointed by then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton in 2009 to serve as US Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland.  

In the 90’s, Band spent several years in the Clinton White House, working in the White House Counsel’s office, as a presidential aide, a special assistant to President Clinton, and then as the “youngest ever” Deputy Assistant to serve a U.S. President.

US President Bill Clinton (L) takes a last sip of his Diet Coke with Aide Doug Band (R) before addressing a Democratic National Committee luncheon 30 July 2000 in Chicago, Illinois. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/TIM SLOAN (Photo by TIM SLOAN / AFP) (Photo by TIM SLOAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Band’s bio says he “played an active role in Clinton’s post-Presidency era” as founder of the Clinton Global Initiative. He also worked for the William J. Clinton Foundation.

The Atlantic reported in 2016 on Band’s role in Bill Clinton’s post-White House career, calling him, “The Man at the Center of ‘Bill Clinton Inc.'”:

He helped launch the Clinton Foundation, came up with the idea for the Clinton Global Initiative, brokered deals for paid speeches that enriched Clinton, and then started a private consulting firm called Teneo that made the Foundation, Bill Clinton, and Band himself even wealthier.

Band, now 44, was to Bill Clinton what Huma Abedin has been to Hillary. He started as a junior staffer in the White House straight out of college in the 1990s, and once the Clintons left office in 2001, he never left Bill’s side.

Abedin, 48, is a longtime senior and personal advisor to Hillary Clinton and the ex-wife of Former Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), a registered sex offender, who resigned from Congress after pleading guilty to “transferring obscene material to a minor.”  

While working as a an aide to then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton in the U.S. State Department, Abedin also took on a “part-time” position working for Teneo. The Clinton State Department argued that this was allowed under Abedin’s provision as a “Special Government Employee.”

But her work at Teneo, while also working at the State Department, raised conflict of interest concerns from U.S. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

Politico reported in 2015:

The new status made her a ‘special government employee,’ which was tantamount to being a consultant, according to the source, whose information was confirmed by two other staffers familiar with the matter. Multiple sources told POLITICO Abedin did work for other clients, which a friend of Abedin said totaled four, including the State Department, Hillary Clinton, the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation and Teneo, the firm co-founded by former Bill Clinton counselor Doug Band.

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 11: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) waves as she arrives to talk with patrons at the Jackson Diner on April 11, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The New York Democratic primary is scheduled for April 19th. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images)

Now, Paul Ryan, who in 2021 “delivered a thinly veiled warning” about “the Republican Party’s reliance on former President Donald Trump” while urging Republicans to “embrace conservative principles,” is now working Teneo — co-founded by two former Clinton advisors, one of whom is the architect of Bill Clinton’s post-White House career, with strong ties to both Bill and Hillary Clinton, and which formerly employed Houma Abedin while she was simultaneously a “special government employee” to the U.S State Department.

I am very pleased to be joining the Teneo team,” said Ryan in the October 6, 2020 press release, “and I am looking forward to the opportunity to spend time with clients, as well as working closely with Teneo’s teams around the world.

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