$48 Million Can Buy A Lot of Influence in Washington


In 2017 the UAE and Saudi Arabia combined spent $48 million on lobbying firms in Washington. Has that bought them too much influence on U.S. foreign aid, trade deals and political and military policy?

(From Mises.org)
According to a recently released Center for International Policy (CIP) report — one based entirely on publicly available information — the Saudi government spent approximately $27 million on US lobbying firms in 2017.

The Saudis and the UAE obviously feel it is necessary to grease US palms with tens of millions of dollars in order to ensure that arms sales get approved, US assistance in the Yemeni war continues, and the Pentagon continues to turn a blind eye to misconduct from former US service members.

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