With revenue evaporating from the elimination of earmarking legislation for the purpose of producing plus ups that benefit sponsoring legislators home districts, K street lobbyists need some new business sources, or at least, to seize the moment of opportunity.
If your nation is a developing democracy such as Egypt, you will likely need advocates to make your case for support that includes economic and military assistance. So, a news story today from The Hill talks about that.
The military-led Egyptian government has lost some support because it appears to the administration and those in Congress that it is insufficiently democratic. The military coup usurped power from The Muslim Brotherhood-led Morsi government that was democratically elected. The military took over only after The Muslim Brotherhood made a powerplay to repress more sectarian representation.
The Muslim Brotherhood is too radical-Islamic leaning and so the military eliminated that party from being legally acceptable.
Developing democracies are not always beautiful in their making.
Having legal representation from K Street is not such a bad idea. After all, much of the laws of the land have been written on K Street.
“Egypt heads to K Street after U.S. aid halted
By Kevin Bogardus - 10/11/13 11:42 PM ET
The Egyptian government has returned to K Street.
The Glover Park Group has been hired by Egypt to “provide public diplomacy, strategic communications counsel and government relations services" for the country's government, according to documents obtained by The Hill. The lobby and communications firm filed those records with the Justice Department on Friday.
The move by Egypt to sign up one of Washington’s most prominent influence shops ends its K Street exile. Egypt last had lobbyists in its employ more than a year ago when it parted ways with the PLM Group — made up of Podesta Group, the Livingston Group and the Moffett Group — in January 2012.
Since protesters first packed Cairo’s Tahrir Square more than two years ago, Egypt has been in political turmoil. The interim government’s recent violent crackdown on its opponents led the United States this week to suspend some of its foreign aid to Egypt — including proposed sales of F-16 fighter jets, M1 Abrams tanks and Apache attack helicopters as well as about $260 million in cash assistance.”