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NBC: Professor warned of Russian lobbying scandal 8 years ago

NBC Nightly News reports how an IWP professor in 1997 warned a Washington lobbying firm to stay away from a shadowy Russian oil company that sought to buy influence on Capitol Hill.

Senior Investigative Correspondent Lisa Myers and the NBC Investigative Unit report that the head of the Russian company in question paid the expenses of a Washington “superlobbyist” and a during a 1997 visit to Moscow.

The new information validates Dr. Waller’s warnings from eight years ago that the lobbyist was reckless in taking influence-peddling money from the Russian company, and that involving Members of Congress in the scheme would endanger them to political scandal or worse.

Though news organizations have investigated the issue exhaustively, they have produced no evidence indicating that the lawmaker did anything unethical or illegal. In the NBC program, this blogger places the blame squarely on the lobbyist.