African leaders in the secret world of American lobbyists

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Washington, the capital of African lobbying

By Romain Gras

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Posted on March 21, 2023 14:27

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How are American lobbying firms chosen? Why are they so often solicited? From Brian Ballard to Joseph Szlavik, do these costly intermediaries obtain concrete results?

This is part 2 of a 5-part series

We investigated lobbyists used by the continent’s political elite who try to influence US policy, uncovering an opaque and lucrative world where making a real impact is the stuff of fantasy.

While Liberia, Morocco, South Africa, Egypt, and the DRC are particularly fond of these firms, almost every country on the continent uses their services.

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