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March 13, 2017

By Lydia Dennett

Justice Dept. Improves Access to Foreign Lobbying Documents



A shot of various foreign banknotes and coins The Department of Justice has made a key set of foreign lobbying documents available online for the first time. American lobbyists working on behalf of foreign governments or political parties are required to file these documents, known as informational ma

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

February 17, 2017

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO Video: Explaining the Foreign Lobbying Revolving Door



Trump Ethics Executive Order Foreign Lobbying Revolving Door - foreign flags denoting influence dropped on an outline of the US Capitol POGO Investigator Lydia Dennett explains the loopholes in the Foreign Agents Registration Act and the Lobbying Disclosure Act that could allow lobbying agents with foreign clients to get around President Trump's foreign lobbying ban.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

January 3, 2017

By Lydia Dennett

Following Public Backlash House Members Drop Amendment to Gut Ethics Office



US Capitol in the evening in black and white Following public outcry and criticism from groups like POGO, the House reversed a previous decision to significantly weaken the independence of the Office of Congressional Ethics. Unfortunately the new rules for the 115th Congress did not include reforms t

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

September 8, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Justice Dept. Watchdog Confirms “Unacceptable” FARA Compliance



A shot of various foreign banknotes and coins The Department of Justice Inspector General released an audit on enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) yesterday which echoed findings of lax compliance and enforcement of the law detailed in a 2014 POGO report.

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Topics: Government Accountability

August 19, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Foreign Influence Becomes Hot Issue on US Campaign Trail



Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Controversy over former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s ties to Russia, Ukraine, and DC lobbyists highlights problems with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign is dogged by questions about relationships

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Topics: Open Government, National Security

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