U.S. Justice Department has revealed in recent records that the D.C-based law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has registered to advocate in the United States for former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha on anti-corruption efforts and the promotion of fair elections, Reuters reported Friday.
According to the same source, the firm announced on July 2 that it is working for Bashagha under the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which requires disclosing certain matters to foreign clients outside traditional court-based litigation.
The $50,000 monthly contract provides that the firm is to assist with promoting free and fair elections in Libya and support anti-corruption efforts there.
Reuters also noted that the firm would seek outreach with U.S. government officials, but the contract did not define the scope of that work.
Brownstein Hyatt policy directors Doug Maguire, Samantha Carl-Yoder, and Ed Royce, a former Republican U.S. congressman from California, were named in the registration as the supervisors of the lobbying group for Bashagha.
According to FARA's records, this was the first lobbying engagement between Bashagha and a U.S. law firm.
The firm's registration documents described Bashagha as "a foreign national who is not supervised, subsidized, directed, or controlled by a foreign government or foreign political party."
According to the Brownstein Hyatt contract, the deal with Bashagha will be valid until January 28, 2022, and automatically renewed for 12 months unless the parties agree on a new arrangement.
It also called on the former minister of interior to waiver with respect to any conflict of interest that could arise from representing other clients in legislative or administrative issues, which has nothing to do with his representation.