Libya’s Bashagha pays $50k a month for US lobbying firm for presidential bid

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has registered to advocate in the United States for former Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha on financial industry anti-corruption efforts and the promotion of fair elections, newly disclosed US Justice Department records show, according to a report by Reuters.

The law firm reported on July 02 its work for Bashagha under the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which requires disclosure of certain matters for foreign clients beyond traditional court-based litigation.

Brownstein Hyatt’s $50,000 monthly contract said the firm would “assist with promoting free and fair elections in Libya” and support anti-corruption efforts there.

The US-based firm also said it planned outreach with the US government officials, but the contract did not define the scope of that work.

The lobbying engagement with a US law firm was a first for Bashagha, who is hopeful to run for president of Libya in the upcoming general elections that are slated for December 24 as per the roadmap of the Libyan Political Agreement.


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