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Public relations CEOs say the Justice Department is cracking down on foreign lobbying, and millions in revenue could be at stake

Business Insider

30 Jul 2021

Brandon Van Grack spoke with Business Insider about the Department of Justice (DOJ) enforcing the Foreign Agents and Registration Act (FARA) with public relations firms that represent foreign governments.

“The point of FARA is transparency,” said Brandon. “It’s not to provide info to the DOJ, but to the public.”

Companies that don’t meet FARA disclosure requirements can face penalties, Brandon warned. “From the DOJ’s perspective, enforcement is a tool that drives compliance, and the reality is when you see people prosecuted, that’s when people take it seriously.”

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