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Livingston Group Lobbied for Libya, Qaddafi Charity


In addition, the Qaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation's lobbyists at the Livingston Group held four meetings with 68 people from different think tanks and independent organizations, according to the Sunlight report.

The lobbyists listed their Washington contacts on behalf of the charity as "luncheon-briefing, human rights and democracy initiatives in Libya," according to Foreign Agent Registration records cited by Sunlight. A TPM review of the records found that the Libyan government paid the $2.5 million to represent both itself and the charity.

Lisa Berg and Roy Neel, both former employees of Vice President Al Gore were speakers at an event organized by the Foundation, records show. Invitations to the luncheons were sent to the Phelps Stokes Fund and the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, as well as the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative think tank which found its activities scrutinized during the Jack Abramoff scandal. Abramoff resigned from its board of directors after the NCPPR determined he had violated the group's conflict of interest rules.

Correction: The executive director of the NCPPR contacted TPM following publication of this story and stated unequivocally that her group did not participate in any Foundation events. TPM originally incorrectly called her group a participant.