I have written this letter because I am affronted and outraged by the sheer audacity and arrogance of a foreign regime to use millions of dollars in a lobbying effort to manipulate, subvert, exploit and corrupt American political institutions. Any foreign government which feels that it can buy, sell and exchange American policy makers by spending millions of dollars on lobbying revolts me to the core. Continue reading Re: Why is Ethiopia Spending $2 Million to Lobby Your Administration?→
The TPLF regime will pay US $1.8 million for the year 2017 to a U.S. firm, S.G.R. LLC Government Relations and Lobbying, to lobby on its behalf in a bid to influence U.S. policy makers to have a favorable view of the otherwise tyrannical regime.
Last week, in an op-ed piece in the New York Times (International Edition), Alex de Waal from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia declared the end of the “era of great famines” and proudly announced to the world, “Ethiopians aren’t starving to death”, only their “animals are dying of thirst.” Of course, that is exactly what USAID Administrator Gayle E. Smith said in her recent interview. I guess they all use the same talking points.
TESFANEWS has learned that a human rights lawyer retained by the Hidmonna Eritrean-Canadian Human Rights Group Inc. is being investigated for allegedly failing to register as a lobbyist after a complaint was filed under Canada’s federal Lobbying Act.
Earlier this month, The Winnipeg Free Press reported that David Matas met privately with Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander to press him on issues related to Eritrea. Mr. Matas’s alleged lobbying activities also include lobbying the federal government to shut down the Eritrean consulate in Toronto.