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PÅVERKAN: Egyptens f.d.president Hosni Mubarak har använt sig av inflytelserika personer i USA för att bättra på sitt rykte.

En av hans lobbyister har nära kontakter med Vita huset.

Så här skriver James Rowley och Lizzie O’Leary om dessa lobbyister:

Until a popular revolt put his control of Egypt in jeopardy, President Hosni Mubarak had kept a tight grip on power and billions of dollars in U.S. aid flowing with few strings attached, in part by retaining three of Washington’s most high-powered lobbyists.

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The three lobbyists are Tony Podesta, who has close ties to the Obama Administration, former Republican representative Bob Livingston, and former Democratic representative Toby Moffett. The three formed a joint venture, PLM Group, to represent Egypt in Washington […] They were paid $1.1 million a year, says a person familiar with the company.

”Egypt has always been good at promoting its own interests,” says Graeme Bannerman, who was the country’s top lobbyist in Washington for 17 years before it hired PLM. ”Considering how few Egyptian-Americans there are here,” he says, the Egyptians ”have done a very good job of explaining to Americans why the relationship is so important to the two countries.” With PLM, Bannerman says, the Egyptians got ”a little more flash” and ”increased their firepower.”

The PLM contract was for ”promoting and safeguarding” the Egyptian government’s interests in the U.S., including ”maintaining the amount of U.S. military and economic aid to Egypt,” […] Records show PLM staff made 1,873 contacts with lawmakers, their staffs, or Administration officials between 2007 and 2010.

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