Why, oh why, does the United States of America continue to shovel the peoples’ hard earned money to Pakistan? They have quite a contingent of lobbyists, that is why. This Administration said that they would not have lobbyists in the White House – they don’t – they meet them at the coffee shop across the street. Its The Caribou Not The White House, You Bitter, Ignorant God And Gun Loving Americans.
So the claim that the White House is not beholden to lobbyists is of course false, and the biggest and fastest growing lobbying groups are those attached to getting 20B+ dollars a year for Pakistan. To Call Pakistan Duplicitous Is To Call Barack Hussein Obama An Honest Man, Neither Are True And Quite Laughable On Its Face.
The Pakistan lobby in Washington is trying to expand, even as the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan deteriorates.
The leading Pakistani advocate in D.C. is Mark Siegel, at Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP. Heâ€™s working alongside teams led by former Republican Rep. Vin Weber at Clark & Weinstock, and the PR experts at k-global, which is a subsidiary of National Strategies, a D.C.-based consulting firm. Theyâ€™ve replaced a 2010 suit of lobbyists who are no longer working for Pakistani causes.
Paul Johnson, k-globalâ€™s CEO and a former vice chairman at Fleishman-Hillard, did not respond to inquires from TheDC.
Following the Abbottabad raid that successfully killed Osama bin Laden at his hideout deep inside Pakistan, â€œboth sides have to reconstruct [U.S.-Pakistan] relations again,â€ said Shafqat Tanweer, who heads the New York-based Committee Supporting Democracy and Justice in Pakistan, and the U.S.-branch of the Pakistan Peopleâ€™s Party, which is run by the countryâ€™s president, Asif Ali Zardari.
Tanweerâ€™s committee works with many groups of Pakistani-Americans who meet with U.S. legislators in D.C. and their home offices, he said. The groups â€” which reflect the bitter class and religious divisions within Pakistan â€” include the Association of Pakistani Physicians of America, the Pakistani-America Congress, and the Islamic Circle of North America, a controversial Muslim fundamentalist group.
Pakistani-Americans, Tanweer said, are concentrated in New York, Chicago and in Houston, which also contains the district of Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, the co-chair of the congressional Pakistan Caucus. The other co-chair is Republican Rep. Dan Burton, who chairs the Pakistan-related Eurasia panel at the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Both Burton and Jackson-Lee have received thousands of dollars from Pakistani-American advocacy groups, including the Pakistani Leadership Action Center.
The bolded portion of the above, where they are constantly meeting with legislators to game the system of funding, is interesting, because I would be hard pressed, and have been hard pressed, to get an appointment with my Congressman. It appears he is always busy and I suspect that is because I am not a lobbying group and have no money to throw his way. I am hoping that the TEA Party Americans do one day join up as a whole and become a lobbying group but until that day it appears just the Pakistani lobby can gain access.Â Meh, who am I kidding, ANYONE with a pocketful of cash and a lobbying group have access to the Congress critters we vote into office!