Huma Abedin Worked As Consultant While At State

By Kristen Meriwether
Kristen Meriwether
Kristen Meriwether
May 17, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

NEW YORK—Just days away from formally declaring his candidacy for New York City mayor, former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s family finances are coming under added scrutiny.

Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, was allowed to do private consulting work while serving as a top adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to POLITICO. The move, which came after her maternity leave in the summer of 2012, was not reported in disclosure statements. 

Spouses of mayoral candidates are required to disclose personal financial information with the City’s Conflict of Interest Board, although the filing is not made public, according to POLITICO.

A friend of Albedin told POLITICO she had four clients, including the State Department, Hillary Clinton, the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation and Teneo, the firm co-founded by former Bill Clinton counselor Doug Band.

Had the friend not revealed the details, the public would have never known Albedin’s added income. 

The move, while not illegal, does bring into question where Albedin’s loyalties lie. 

“If she was being held out as a deputy chief of staff, it would be highly unusual for her to be a part-time employee or a consultant,” Melanie Sloane, executive director of CREW, an ethics watchdog group told the New York Times

“Being a deputy chief of staff at the State Department is generally considered more than a full-time job.” 

Abedin declined requests for comments, according to the New York Times.

Kristen Meriwether