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Monday, June 29, 2009

Milking the Cow: Lobbying dollars flowing out at super speed

Shaheen Sehbai has reported nothing new here. And in his Saturday show Shahid Masood's trademark child like bewilderment over the alleged fees paid to lobbyists was wearing thin. While lobbyist are registered and fees paid to them are kosher, what is intriguing is the "accountability" of their efforts and if they paid back any kickbacks.

Lobbying is an old game in the beltway. Let us see how the neoconzix chameleon in the embassy plays this brouhaha ~~t

At least 11 big and small, known and unknown, lobbying companies have been hired by Pakistan and state-owned Pakistani organisations in the US, paying them hundreds of thousands of dollars every month, some of them having mysterious names and almost dubious credentials.

All lobbyists are registered in the US as “foreign agents” under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and have to disclose their activities and operations under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995. All this data is then made available to the public through information posted on their official websites.


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