Al Monitor reports that former Sen. Joe Lieberman received $65,000 in the last quarter for lobbying on Capitol Hill on the company’s behalf:
Ex-Sen. Lieberman working for Israel’s largest defense firm: Israel Aerospace Industries – North Africa, the US subsidiary of Israel’s largest aerospace and defense firm…paid $64,000 to Kasowitz Benson Torres this quarter. One name that’s not on that filing? Ex-Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. Haaretz this week reported that the 2000 vice-presidential candidate and noted pro-Israel hawk was now lobbying for IAI. But a Kasowitz spokesperson told Al-Monitor that Lieberman was only “giving strategic advice to IAI about its activities in the US and its relations with the Department of Defense,” not technically lobbying on IAI’s behalf.
I’d say “giving strategic advice” to a foreign company and promoting it to the Defense Department sure sounds like lobbying to me. Omitted from his law firm’s statement is the lobbying of his ex-colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee, who will approve the purchase of the expensive weapons systems IAI wants to sell to the Pentagon. Sound like lobbying to you?
Joe better be careful. A number of lobbyists including Michael Flynn, Maria Butina, and Paul Manafort have been caught with their pants down after similarly refusing to register as foreign agents. Mike is doing jail time for it. Wouldn’t it be a shame if Joe suffered the same fate?
Joe has a very cute way of getting around the law: he’s actually being paid by IAI’s U.S. subsidiary. So even though his work directly benefits the Israeli parent company and the Israeli-made weapons IAI wants to sell to the Pentagon, Joe’s in the clear through a technicality. Ethics and avoiding the appearance of impropriety aren’t among his strong suits.
This is pure cashing in on the many years during which he was Aipac’s water-carrier in the Senate. Be a good obedient Lobby poodle and you’ll be reaping your reward in due time!