Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera, in the midst of a rapid U.S. expansion, has hired another lobbying firm to represent itself before government officials, new Senate records indicate.
The Law Offices of George R. Salem, PLLC, is being tapped to provide "informational communications regarding client's cable television channel" to lawmakers and bureaucrats, the lobbying registration records state.
Earlier this month, Al Jazeera, which is planning a major expansion following its purchase of former Democratic Vice President Al Gore's Current TV cable network, hired DLA Piper, Global Policy Initiatives and TCK International to represent it on Capitol Hill.
George R. Salem himself, however, is an unpaid, "strategic adviser" for DLA Piper, through which he is "focused on assisting in the development of the firm's Middle East and U.S. Department of Labor practices," according to his biography with the Arab American Institute, of which he is president.
Salem, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, is a former partner at law and lobbying giant Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. He previously served as the chief legal officer at the U.S. Department of Labor and worked as an official on the presidential campaigns of Republicans Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.