The Diplomat vs. the Lobbyist

The American Interest

One would think Paul Manafort’s current legal troubles would serve as a cautionary tale for Washington lobbyists about the perils of seeking to burnish the reputations of authoritarian political leaders from other lands. And yet these lobbyists persist, even to the point of working for sketchy Ukrainian politico-oligarchic interests with ties to Moscow. Still.

The latest example of this comes courtesy of former Florida Congressman Connie Mack IV, who recently organized a mock hearing in the Capitol, which was broadcast on NewsOne as if it was a real hearing of an imaginary “Congressional Committee on Financial Issues.” NewsOne is…

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