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Saudi Arabia has extended it's lobbying efforts away from K-street and towards Main Street in an effort to Rehabilitate it's image in the US. In turn they then use glowing reports from these local lobbying efforts to try and then influence policy in the Capital. "Armed with glowing one-page summaries of such dialogues from Maine to Alaska, the firm has been promoting a vision of grassroots American support for the US-Saudi relationship inside the Beltway. The event descriptions it sends around highlight many of the same people that Larson Shannahan Slifka had first contacted....While describing audiences in such local forums as responding with “overwhelmingly positive feedback” to the Kingdom’s messaging, one key fact is always omitted: that the events themselves were orchestrated by the Saudi lobby."
Saudi Arabia has extended it's lobbying efforts away from K-street and towards Main Street in an effort to Rehabilitate it's image in the US. In turn they then use glowing reports from these local lobbying efforts to try and then influence policy in the Capital. "Armed with glowing one-page summaries of such dialogues from Maine to Alaska, the firm has been promoting a vision of grassroots American support for the US-Saudi relationship inside the Beltway. The event descriptions it sends around highlight many of the same people that Larson Shannahan Slifka had first contacted....While describing audiences in such local forums as responding with “overwhelmingly positive feedback” to the Kingdom’s messaging, one key fact is always omitted: that the events themselves were orchestrated by the Saudi lobby."
Of course, there is nothing new about such lobbyists being hired by foreign countries to promote trade with the United States. or anything necessarily unethical about promoting such bonds. But while the Saudi lobby has been busy telling a rose tale of the kingdom’s increasingly diversified economy, expanding women’s rights and exciting tourism opportunities (despite the pandemic moment), policymakers and the media reporting on them should turn to one remembering such a narrative is at least (and to put the matter as politely as possible) incomplete.
Of course, there is nothing new about such lobbyists being hired by foreign countries to promote trade with the United States. or anything necessarily unethical about promoting such bonds. But while the Saudi lobby has been busy telling a rose tale of the kingdom’s increasingly diversified economy, expanding women’s rights and exciting tourism opportunities (despite the pandemic moment), policymakers and the media reporting on them should turn to one remembering such a narrative is at least (and to put the matter as politely as possible) incomplete.
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