NEW: SAUDI ARABIA has paid nearly $9M to lobbying firms so far this year. But at least one firm ended its contract today, & others are considering following suit, as the country faces mounting backlash over its alleged assassination of JAMAL KHASHOGGI.
It is all well & good that companies & lobbyists are reassessing #Saudi Arabia over reported murder of #JamalKhashogg. BUT! Where the fuck have all these people and firms been for decades? The violations of the #Saudi monarchy have never been a secret.
Know these names: Highest-paid firms representing the Saudis in DC are international PR consultancy Qorvis MSLGroup ($279,500 a month) and Glover Park Group, which was started by former Clinton administration officials ($150,000 a month). Others ...
Well known personalities and lobbyists are bailing from projects with Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi case.
what does it say about the American moral center — and our dwindling capacity to be shocked— that trump’s lack of regard for a journalist’s murder registered as a blip, while instead we eagerly await CEO’s responses?
When even WASHINGTON LOBBYISTS start to bail on the Saudis, it's a sign the new model is #metoo--instant total contagious toxicity--not your traditional case of a human-rights-violating non-democratic regime ...