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29th November, 2018

Gov’t hires new Washington lobbyist



The government has hired Washington’s Barnes & Thornburg law firm as its lobbyist on issues of religious freedom and immigration, website Átlátszó reports.

The law firm is to be paid $50,000 for two months work, under a contract that runs from November 7 to January 21.

Specifically, Hungary’s lobbyist will be Craig S. Burkhard, a partner in the firm, who has experience in lobbying for foreign clients especially in relations with the White House.

US law requires lobbyists working for foreign governments to register with the Department of Justice, Átlátszó points out.

Átlátszó recalled that the cabinet hired Florida Republican Congressman Connie Mack IV as a lobbyist or $5 million, high by Washington standards, for four years, via the Századvég consortium in 2014.

Századvég was paid one third of that sum and Mack was paid a monthly sum equivalent to Ft 18 million. The contract expired last autumn and was not renewed.

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