Tell Congress to Fix Foreign Lobbying Law
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The recent revelations that President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, failed to disclose his lobbying work for a foreign government exposed major weaknesses in current foreign lobbying laws. But Flynn is only the latest example of how rarely the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) is followed and enforced. Fixing FARA hasn't been a Congressional priority since the 1960s and the problems with the law have been ignored by both Democrat- and Republican-controlled Justice Departments.
It's time to fix foreign lobbying laws to address these systemic problems.
FARA is intended to make transparent how foreign governments try to influence US policies on everything from foreign aid to multi-billion dollar arms deals. The law requires American lobbyists representing those foreign governments to register their activities with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and submit regular documentation describing their activities.
But recent investigations by the Project On Government Oversight and the DOJ Inspector General have found that compliance with the law is unacceptably low and the public (and even Congress) generally remains in the dark about the extent foreign influence is in Washington.
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