The Kremlin and Big Oil are stuffing more money into Washington’s influence machine as Europe and the U.S. renew their commitment to Russian sanctions.
While Russia may be angry about international sanctions over the Ukraine conflict, Beltway lawyers are mopping up and big names in lobbying are piling in.
Consider that last year, the Washington, D.C., lobbying firm of former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott raked in $300,000 from Kremlin-controlled OAO Gazprombank, which was a target of sanctions. The Gazprombank billings for Lott’s firm are about double what Lott made in annual salary during any of his 18 years in the Senate.
Other high-profile ex-senators like John Breaux of Louisiana and Don Nickles of Oklahoma are also getting in on the Russian action, as is Haley Barbour, the former governor of Mississippi.... (KF note: Mr. Barbour represents Chevron through BGR. See below)
After the U.S. slapped sanctions on Gazprombank last summer, the company hired Squire Patton Boggs, the Washington-based lobbying firm where Lott and Breaux serve as co-chairs of the public policy practice. It received about $450,000 for the work in the nine months through March. Angelo Kakolyris, a spokesman for Squire Patton Boggs, declined to comment..... Rest of article.
Chevron Corp. turned to BGR Group, the lobbying outfit run by Barbour, also a former National Republican Committee chairman.
A Chevron project in Kazakhstan sends oil through Russia via a pipeline in which Kremlin-controlled OAO Transneft is a major player. Chevron and its lobbyists were able to convince U.S. officials to spare Transneft, which is subject to financial penalties, from more onerous restrictions that would have prevented U.S. companies from doing business with it, according to three people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified.
“Chevron engages with the administration and U.S. Congress to provide perspectives on complex energy issues to help shape an effective and responsible U.S. energy policy,” said Kurt Glaubitz, a company spokesman.
Kingfish note: They better be careful as Reagan is probably not just rolling in his grave but sending his ghost to haunt them. How many times did these sellouts claim they were standing up to the Soviets. It was an Evil Empire then and it is an evil empire now under Putin. This is beyond disgusting as Lott and Barbour work against our national security. Period.