Last month, a pro-Saudi tabloid was distributed in the United States that raised questions about the magazine’s origins. It is speculated that the magazine, produced by American Media Inc., may have been shared with officials at the Saudi embassy in Washington three weeks before its distribution.
While sharing an advance copy with the Saudis is not legally problematic for AMI, the unusual circumstances and mystery of the magazine’s origins could present a separate issue with federal lobbying law. If the Saudis did direct or pay any company to produce such a magazine, that company would be required to register with the government under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
“There are lots of things that warrant answers,” political law attorney Josh Rosenstein said about the pro-Saudi magazine.
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