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Vol 41 No 10

Published 12th May 2000

Influence for sale

Washington lobbyists see their market undercut by a new twist in government policy

The select band of highly-paid lobbyists in Washington is feeling the heat from the United States government's most activist Africa policy for more than a decade. Under previous governments lobbying companies brokered negotiations between US officials and African governments, earning millions of dollars along the way. Current US policy has sidelined the lobbyists: as aid levels to Africa decline, there are fewer economic carrots for the lobbyists to offer their African clients.

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