Bennett Request DOJ Probe of Saudi/SAPRAC Activities and FARA Filing
(August 18, 2017 – Washington D.C.) Barry Bennett, partner in Avenue Strategies Global, LLC, a leading Washington D.C. consulting and lobbying firm and also a registered agent of the Embassy of Qatar,1today released a letter he sent to Dana J. Boente, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security as the Department of Justice detailing potential and serious violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC). Mr. Bennett’s firm represents the State of Qatar in public affairs matters.
In his letter, Bennett notes the absence of a legal FARA registration by SAPRAC. The registration requirement was established to ensure that the U.S. Government and the people of the United States are informed of information and propaganda distributed by foreign actors to influence US policy.
Transparency is paramount against today’s backdrop of terrorists and self-serving foreign actors trying to sway and taint US foreign policy,” said Bennett. “Given the history of foreign funded terrorism against the U.S., it is imperative that Saudi Arabia adhere to the letter of the Foreign Agent Registration Act.” Bennett continued, “Distributing propaganda cloaked in slick advertising campaigns with no discernible sponsors but for a vague, tax exempt by foreign-owned organization directly files in the face of American security and American laws. The Practices of SAPRAC, their propagandists and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must be called into question and brought into compliance with all federal statutes.
1 Additional information is on file with the department of Justice, Washington, D.C.