October 08, 2011

Musharraf hires US lobbyist for $25,000 a month

"A monthly payment in the amount of twenty thousand US dollars ($25,000.00) will be paid to Advantage (the lobbying firm) for a period of seven months beginning on September 1,2011 and ending on March 30, 2012. All monthly payments must be made on the first of each month. However, for the last two months and the first month, seventy five thousand US dollars ($75,000.00) will be paid upon the signing of this agreement,"

Daily News Report
WASHINGTON, Oct 8: Former President Pervez Musharraf has hired a US lobbyist at 25,000 dollars per month, official US record on lobbyists reveals. According to the official documents of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), the firm would approach US officials, senators and congressmen to lobby for Gen Musharraf.

The document registered as 6062 with the Justice Department, Gen Musharraf remains a political and public figure in Pakistan and throughout the world. The agreement was signed on Sept 1, 2011 and will be good until March 2012, amounting to $175,000 for services provided by the firm.

Gen Musharraf's representative who signed the agreement with the firm is named Raza Bokhari, according to the Justice Department record. Raza Bokhari has a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Punjab. He was elected as the national president for the Pakistani American Public Affairs Committee (PAKPAC) for the years 2006-07.
http://www.dailynews.net.pk/oct2011/08-10-2011/mushhire.asp
Musharraf hires US lobbyist for $25,000 a month

By Our Correspondent | From the Newspaper Yesterday

Former president Pervez Musharraf speaks to the press in Hong Kong on September 15, 2010.—AFP

WASHINGTON: Former chief of the army staff Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf, currently visiting North America, has hired a firm for $25,000 a month to lobby for him in the US capital.


A copy of the contract obtained by Dawn shows that a formal agreement between Mr Musharraf and the Advantage Associates International Ltd. was signed on Sept 1.


The contract letter identifies the firm as a specialist in “helping clients with governmental, political and international matters.” Raza Bokhari, a prominent member of Mr Musharraf’s party in the US, will work as “point of contact”.


“For purposes of this agreement, Mr Bokhari and the office of Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf shall retain joint rights,” the letter says.


The Advantage Ltd will work with Mr Bokhari to “develop a strategy to represent the interest of Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf in the US” and the firm will assist Mr Bokhari “in any other area that would be of benefit to Gen (retd) Musharraf”.


The agreement, which began on Sept 1, 2011, ends on March 30, 2012.


The parties “acknowledge awareness and stated preference that this is an agreement for services as an independent contractor. The parties will exert all manner of good faith and take all reasonable efforts to ensure performance and prevent repudiation by other parties connected with its activities which could affect its performance under this agreement”.


The total fee for the services to be provided to by Advantage is $175,000.00. A monthly payment in the amount of $25,000.00 will be made to Advantage for a period of seven months beginning on Sept 1, 2011. All monthly payments must be made on the first of each month. However, for the last two months and the first month, $75,000.00 was paid upon the signing of this agreement.


Mr Bokhari also agreed to reimburse Advantage for all reasonable expenses arising out of this agreement, with any expenses over $250.00 approved in advance.


Meanwhile, Mr Musharraf’s office in the US issued a statement on Friday, noting that the relationship between Pakistan and the US was on a declining trend due to many reasons.


To explain Pakistan’s position, Mr Musharraf met a number of senior US lawmakers in Washington, the statement said.


“As a member of diaspora community, we all feel compelled to play our roles in improving the bilateral relationship between the two countries,” the statement said.

He was scheduled to meet the former speaker, and a senior member of the US Congress, Nancy Pelosi, on Friday.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/08/musharraf-hires-us-lobbyist-for-25000-a-month.html
Musharraf paying $25,000 per month to lobbyist to promote interests in US

ANI | Oct 8, 2011, 12.09PM IST
WASHINGTON: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has hired a US lobbyist at $25,000 per month, according to an official US record on lobbyists.


According to the official documents of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), the lobbying firm would approach US officials, Senators and Congressmen to promote the interests of Musharraf in the United States.


The document, having registration number 6062, says that Musharraf "remains a political and public figure in Pakistan and throughout the world."


Musharraf's representative who signed the agreement with the firm is named Raza Bokhari, according to the justice department record.


The agreement was made on Sept 1, 2011 and will end on March 30, 2012, unless the parties agree to extend the term.


The total fee for the services to be provided to the lobbying firm is one hundred and seventy five thousand ($175,000.00) US dollars.


"A monthly payment in the amount of twenty thousand US dollars ($25,000.00) will be paid to Advantage (the lobbying firm) for a period of seven months beginning on September 1,2011 and ending on March 30, 2012. All monthly payments must be made on the first of each month. However, for the last two months and the first month, seventy five thousand US dollars ($75,000.00) will be paid upon the signing of this agreement," the agreement said.


"Bokhari agrees to reimburse Advantage for all reasonable expenses arising out of this Agreement, with any expenses over $250.00 preapproved in advance. Source of payment for funds under this agreement may come from Bokhari or General Musharraf," it added.


The lobbying firm, Advantage Associates International is owned by former congressman Bill Sarpalius from Texas, The News reported.


It is known that almost everyone in this firm is an ex-congressman, it added.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Musharraf-paying-25000-per-month-to-lobbyist-to-promote-interests-in-US/articleshow/10276881.cms
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Isn't that illegal for a foreign actor to lobby in any country... If it isn't then it should be made illegal!