There was a healthy uptick of Foreign Agents Registration Act filings during the second half of 2017, when the Department of Justice’s FARA unit recorded 61 new registrants signing up for the first time to lobby for foreign clients. This compares to 41 new registrants during the first half of 2017. Registrants represented a total of 612 “foreign principals” — such as governments and political parties — during the second half of 2017, compared to 564 during the first half.
The biggest increase came in the number of individual lobbyists registering to work on behalf of foreign principals. That number jumped from 270 during the first half of 2017 to 443 during the second half of the year.— Carrie Levine