REVEALED: How Paul Manafort pioneered the dark art of funneling foreign cash through Washington
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has once again come under the spotlight for his potential connections to Russian government officials who helped the Trump campaign in its battle with Hillary Clinton in 2016.
A new report from The Intercept’s Maryam Saleh makes clear that Manafort’s shady maneuvers taken up on behalf of foreign governments go back decades.
In particular, Saleh focuses on work Manafort did for the Kashmiri American Council (KAC), a nonprofit group led by Kashmiri native Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai that was funded by the Pakistani government to influence American foreign policy.
Fai in 2011 was charged by the FBI with conspiring to act as a lobbyist for Pakistani government without publicly disclosing his work. Years before Fai was busted for being an unregistered lobbyist, however, his organization paid $700,000 to the lobbying firm of Black, Manafort, Stone & Kelly to help itself get established in Washington.
And according to David Wolfe, who served for years as KAC’s chief government relations liaison, Manafort was instrumental in helping his former employer set up a stealth lobbying shop in Washington DC that went undetected for years.
“Manafort set it up,” he tells Saleh. “He found those loopholes, because people don’t look at nonprofits.”