Scott interviews Ben Freeman about his research into the Saudi lobby’s activity in American politics. Freeman explains that while it’s illegal for foreign governments to donate directly to politicians in this country, it’s easy to get around these restrictions by hiring firms in the U.S. to make contributions and to lobby on behalf of governments like Saudi Arabia. Freeman has found hundreds of such filings per year, totaling tens of millions of dollars in contributions. He reminds us that all of this activity contributes to painting Saudi Arabia in a positive light while they continue to perpetrate war crimes against the people of Yemen.
Discussed on the show:
- “The Saudi Lobby in 2020” (Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative)
- “The Air Force Is Planning For a Future Without the F-22” (Defense One)
Ben Freeman is director of the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative with the Center for International Policy. Read his work at AntiWar.com and follow him on Twitter @BenFreemanDC.
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