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British government pays US lobbying firm to improve transatlantic relations


British taxpayers are paying a secretive lobbying firm $10,000 (£6,354) a month to push American politicians to award contracts to British defence companies and to improve transatlantic relations, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

Robert Winnett in Washington and Holly Watt in London
Published: 10:30PM BST 10 Aug 2010

British taxpayers are paying a secretive lobbying firm $10,000 (£6,354) a month to push American politicians to award contracts to British defence companies and to improve transatlantic relations, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

British Ambassador to the US, Sir Nigel Sheinwald, flanked by Tony Blair and George Bush. The British Embassy said Sir Nigel has no role in the lobbying fim. Photo: AP

O’Brien & Associates, a Washington-based firm of lobbyists, has received more than $500,000 of British taxpayers’ money over the past four years.

The lobbying firm – whose president has donated money to both Republican and Democrat politicians – specialises in working on behalf of major defence companies in the American capital.

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