Saudis Beef Up Forces in Washington

(Newsweek) With mounting criticism from Congress over its record in the war on terror, Saudi Arabia is beefing up its forces - in D.C. The Saudis have retained the high-powered law firm of former Texas GOP congressman Tom Loeffler, whose firm will be paid about $720,000 a year. Loeffler headed up fund-raising for President Bush's first gubernatorial campaign and served as finance cochair for his presidential race. "You couldn't find anybody closer to this White House," said one D.C. consultant. A Saudi official says Loeffler will be used mostly to lobby on trade issues, but will branch out to matters such as terrorism financing when needed.

2003-01-10 00:00:00

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