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The New Lobbying: Leading Sponsor of Terror Qatar Targeted 250 Trump ‘Influencers’ to Change U.S. Policy

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Leading sponsor of terror Qatar is arguably the preeminent financier of jihad terror in the world today. It is a benefactor of the genocidal armies of ISIS, al Qaeda, and Boko Haram; it is involved in Taliban narcotics trafficking through a relationship with the Pakistani National Logistics Cell; and profits from operating a virtual slave state. Qatar is involved in terror operations from Nigeria to Gaza to Syria to Iraq. And now they’re spending millions to change President Trump’s mind and bring him around to be their dupe, as other Presidents have been. It is likely that they will find that this President is stronger than others on whom they have tried their high-priced taqiyya.

“The New Lobbying: Qatar Targeted 250 Trump ‘Influencers’ to Change U.S. Policy,” by Julie Bykowicz, Wall Street Journal, August 29, 2018:

Longtime New York restaurateur Joey Allaham visited Manhattan’s Park East Synagogue late last year with an offer for lawyer Alan Dershowitz. Come visit Doha, the capital of Qatar, by invitation of the emir.

Mr. Dershowitz says he hadn’t met Mr. Allaham before and initially demurred before agreeing to go. The professor also didn’t know he was on a list of 250 people Mr. Allaham says he and his lobbying-business partner, Nick Muzin, identified as influential in President Trump’s orbit.

The list was part of a new type of lobbying campaign Qatar adopted after Mr. Trump sided with its Persian Gulf neighbors who had imposed a blockade on the tiny nation. Qatar wanted to restore good relations with the U.S., Mr. Allaham says. Win over Mr. Trump’s influencers, the thinking went, and the president would follow.

“We want to create a campaign,” Mr. Allaham says he told Qatari officials in his business pitch soon after the blockade, “where we are getting into his head as much as possible.”…

Qatar spent $16.3 million on lobbying in 2017 in the U.S., the year of the blockade, up from $4.2 million the year before, according to its federal filings on payments to registered foreign agents. As of June 2018, the country was directly employing 23 lobbying firms, up from seven in 2016, its filings show.

It spent some of that on lobbyists with ties to Mr. Trump and paid others to ply the halls of Congress—a typical approach aimed at pressing lawmakers and top administration officials….

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