NineMSN News, Australia
US lobbyists making money from FTA
23 August 2005
AAP: There have already been some big winners out of Australia’s free-trade deal with the United States - American lawyers and lobbyists.
Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, in answer to a question from his Labor counterpart Kevin Rudd, has revealed the government spent $1.5 million on US-based lobbyists and lawyers to get the deal.
The firm Bockorny Petrizzo Inc was paid $605,409 over two-and-a-half years for its efforts.
Congress insider magazine The Hill recently named the firm, and one of its chief lobbyists David Bockorny, as one of the most influential lobbyists in Washington.
Australia paid another $839,343 to the huge law firm Mayer, Brown, Rowe and Maw over the same two-and-a-half years for its efforts.
The firm, with more than 1,300 lawyers across the US and Europe, is one of the 10 largest law operations in the world.