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Saturday, February 23, 2019

White House Press Aide Raj Shah Dives Into Lobbying Swamp

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Raj Shah has left his role as White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary and Deputy Assistant to the President. Shah occasionally filled in for Sarah Huckabee Sanders when she was still holding daily press briefings, which have since stopped without notice.

For much of 2018, until he was confirm-end Shah acted as the White House’s point person to ensure the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Shah will “launch and head media affairs firm Ballard Media Group with high-profile lobbyist Brian Ballard,” Shah said in a statement Monday, HuffPost reports. “Jamie Rubin, a former assistant secretary of state for public affairs under President Bill Clinton, has also signed on to lead the project.”

Shah is making the move ahead of other confirmation battles and an extraordinarily high attrition rate.…

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Flynn Associates Indicted For Illegal Lobbying Scheme

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

On Monday, The New York Times reported that two former business partners of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn were indicted in federal court:

Charges against the two former associates, Bijan Kian and Ekim Alptekin, were unsealed on Monday in an Alexandria, Va., courtroom. The two men were charged with a conspiracy to violate federal lobbying rules, and Mr. Alptekin also was charged with making false statements to F.B.I. investigators.

The indictment is further evidence of a broad crackdown on unregistered foreign lobbying growing from the inquiry by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel who has investigated foreign flows of money from Ukraine, Turkey and other countries designed to manipulate decision-making in Washington.



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#EndorseThis: Republican Giggles On Air At Heroic Description Of Trump

Meet the new boss…same as the old boss.

This is not at all a defense of President Trump or his far-right policies. But one of the myths about Trump invented by so-called “liberal” tabloids is that his political game represents a new, advanced form of evil. In reality, Trump seizes power using tactics and slogans that go back 50 or more years. Sometimes a thousand years. Like, “My opponents only care about their pals,” or, “I’ll clean up the mess in Washington.” Trump’s version of the latter, of course, is “drain the swamp.”

In today’s clip, GOP strategist Tara Setmeyer can’t contain her laughter as pro-Trump partisan Steve Cortes uses a live CNN debate to cast 45 as an angel who has ended corruption and lobbying in D.C.…

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