Friday, September 14, 2007
Jackson paid $258,000 to consulting firm that represented Saudi Arabia, Enron, DeLay
Former State Rep. Col Jack Jackson, R-Wildwood, who is considering mounting a primary challenge to Gov. Matt Blunt next year, paid more than a quarter of a million dollars to lobbyists for Saudi Arabia during his 2006 campaign for state auditor.
Facing Platte County Auditor Sandra Thomas, who was supported by Gov. Blunt, Sixth District Congressman Sam Graves, and political consultant Jeff Roe, Jackson hired Sandler-Innocenzi, an Alexandria, Va.-based consulting firm, which is listed with the federal government as a registered agent of Saudi Arabia.
The company, which handled the advertising campaign and media buys for Jackson, has worked for the Republican National Committee, and made a bundle in the days following Sept. 11, 2001, helping the government of Saudi Arabia mount a public relations campaign to improve its image in the U. S., which include radio ads depicting Saudi Arabia as an ally to the U. S. in the war on terrorism.
Sandler-Innocenzi reportedly received $2.5 million for its work for Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia may not be the toughest client the firm has worked for. Also on its star-studded list have been such luminaries Tom DeLay and Enron.
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