On Paul Manafort and foreign lobbying: a Q&A with the author of ‘The Torturers’ Lobby’
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On Paul Manafort and foreign lobbying: a Q&A with the author of ‘The Torturers’ Lobby’

Center for Public Integrity |
August 8, 2018

Center for Public Integrity’s 1992 report detailed Manafort’s early influence


Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, has been in the news for months since Special Counsel Robert Mueller chargedhim and his associate Rick Gates with several alleged crimes, including fraud and working as unregistered foreign agents.

Manafort’s federal trial began this week in Alexandria, Virginia. The intense scrutiny of Manafort’s case has also renewed interest in Manafort’s appearance in a report the Center for Public Integrity published in 1992, entitled “The Torturers’ Lobby.” Among prominent publications recently citing it: NewsweekUSA TodayThe Guardian and NPR.

The report detailed how major D.C. lobbying and public relations firms represented authoritarian regimes with poor human rights records, including China, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. One of the top firms paid by these foreign governments? Manafort’s firm at the time — Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly.

Credit by- The Center for Public Integrity

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