The Manafort Indictment Is Killing D.C.'s Secret Lobbying Business
Since Paul Manafort's indictment, lobbyists and media consultants working on behalf of foreign agents are rushing to disclose their representation of foreign governments. Although Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty, with the new enforcement since his indictment, D.C. lawyers who handle Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) issues have noticed a significant increase in business.
"The ante has been raised with this kind of indictment. From their [his clients'] perspectives, they just want to check all of it," said Attorney Ron Oleynik. “The firm’s phone has been ringing off the hook," said Mr. Oleynik. "We've had literally a dozen or more new clients or potential clients. We don’t see a dozen in a year."