In 2017, a US lobbyist got nearly $4 million from a PR firm with possible links to the Qatari government. According to one analyst, this was Doha’s another effort to court favour in Washington.
According to a Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) order in the US, Stonington Strategies that is managed by a reputed pro-Qatar lobbyist got two payments for $1.95 million during late 2017 from a company known as Blue Fort Public Relations.
Over the course of the six-month deal, Stonington Strategies carried out senior level presentation, conducted trips, and promote discussion between American and Qatari companies. The document displays 15 US business executives were conferred as part of the deal.
The agreement was endorsed by Nick Muzin and consisted of sub-payments amounting $2.1 million to a company known as Lexington Strategies, which is managed by fellow lobbyist Joey Allaham.
The two men had formerly gained attention for their “unusual” lobbying in the US on behalf of Doha.
There is no definite reason for Muzin to enter into a six-month contract under the FARA codification unless he assumed that the state of Qatar could be regarded as a legatee of the lobbying work.
While the campaign is an acceptable activity, one analyst stated that Qatar has often used “unlawful” means in its endeavours to win favour all over the world.
The latest campaign efforts follow charges made by many of Doha’s Arabian Gulf neighbours, which allege that Qatar finances terror and extremist groups all over the world.
Qatar has been using many tools over the last 20 years to campaign for its own causes and also for its allies, especially the extremists. Ghanem Nuseibeh, founder of Cornerstone Global, a management consultancy which focuses on the Middle East made this statement. He added that Qatar makes use of its own developed media channels as well as persuading through other means, often illicit and breaching local laws of the nation where it functions.
Qatar has made use of used unlawful hacking measures as well as advocating false news to underscore whom it discerns as a serious risk for their actions.