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Saturday, May 13, 2017

May 2017. Africa Confidential. Finding Africa on K Street (Washington, D.C.)


REPORTING AFRICA SINCE 1960 

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Finding Africa on K Street 


AC surveys some of the African governments spending big on political lobbyists to polish their images in Washington DC

The cost of political lobbying by American consultants on behalf of African governments and politicians is a tiny proportion of the billions of dollars spent by corporations, governments and individuals from all over the world on self-promotion in the capital of the world's richest country. Yet what African countries spend can seem massive, given the relatively small scale of their economies. Many contracts with the legal and lobbying companies – many of which are scattered along K Street, a couple of blocks from the White House in central Washington – are uncontroversial. Others, however, stray to the shadier side of the street.
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