A lobbying group that was founded by a Republican former member of the House of Representatives will be representing the government of Iraq in Washington D.C. As required by law, the Livingston Group -- founded by ex-Rep. Bob Livingston -- registered with the federal government as "foreign agent" to work on bilateral relations between the U.S. and Iraq.

The Justice Department disclosure forms filed by the Livingston group show that it will work directly with the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs and through Iraq's ambassador to Washington, Fareed Yasseen. According to the forms, the Livingston Group will counsel the Iraqis concerning "U.S. policies of concern, activities in Congress and the executive branch and developments on the U.S. political scene generally." Typically, lobbyists also arrange meetings for their clients with members of Congress and other government officials.

The Livingston Group signed a six-month contract, which began earlier this month. Founding partner and ex-Rep. Bob Livingston (R-La.) was chosen as a successor to Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) but resigned over accusations of an extra-marital affair in 1998. Clients have included the United States Chamber of Commerce, Verizon Communications, and the Republic of Turkey, as well as Egypt. According to Bloomberg News, Livingston supported the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump.

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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