As negotiations fail to resolve the Honduran political crisis, influential lobbyists – like lawyer Lanny Davis, a close friend of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – are arguing the case for the coup leaders.
So far, the lobbying appears to be working as the Obama administration refrains from imposing economic penalties against the coup government that ousted elected President Manuel Zelaya last month.
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At a congressional hearing, Davis stressed his personal friendships with several key lawmakers -- and everyone already knew how tight the lobbyist has been with Secretary of State Clinton. He not only served as an adviser to President Bill Clinton but was a prominent defender of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2008.
Opponents of the Honduran coup unfurled a banner across from Davis’s lobbying offices in Washington condemning his role in spreading what they say are pro-coup lies and helping brutal coup operatives consolidate their power. [For more on the coup’s background, see Consortiumnews.com’s “The CIA’s Ghosts of Tegucigalpa.”]
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