POLITICO: US lobbying firm terminates contract with Bashagha who targets Libya presidential run

US-based POLITICO has revealed that the American firm, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, has terminated its foreign agent registration of the former Libyan interior minister, Fathi Bashagha, just weeks after signing it.

The newspaper said Brownstein signed a six-month deal set to renew annually to represent Fathi Bashaghatoward the end of June, according to a copy filed with the Justice Department earlier this month.

According to filings, Brownstein’s Ed Royce, a former chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Samantha Carl-Yoder, a former State Department official, and Doug Maguire were to help Bashagha, who plans to seek Libya’s presidency in its December elections, promote “free and fair elections” in the country, support financial and nonprofit anti-corruption efforts and conduct outreach with US officials.

According to POLITICO, the deal would have brought in $50,000 per month, as per a copy of the contract, but was terminated on July 9, according to a new filing last week.

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