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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

American Firm Terminates Lobbying Contract for Libya’s Former Interior Minister

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, has terminated its lobbying contract on behalf of former Libyan Interior Minister and presidential hopeful, Fathi Bashagha almost as soon as it began.

The firm signed a seven-month, $50,000-a-month contract with Bashagha effective 29 June but terminated it on 9 July, according to a new lobbying filing.

The firm was supposed to “assist with promoting free and fair elections in Libya, and support for anti-corruption efforts within the financial system and donor-funded programs.”

Former House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) had been registered as a foreign agent on the account along with veteran US diplomat, Samantha Carl-Yoder and policy director Douglas Maguire.

Although the company stated that it planned to reach out to US government officials, the contract did not specify the scope of such activities. Royce, Maguire, and Carl-Yoder, all of whom are headquartered in Washington, were designated as supervisors on the firm’s advocacy for Bashagha in the registration.

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