A famous Washington lobbyist named Lanny Davis recently gave into a Change.org campaign calling on him to stop representing Laurent Gbagbo, the democratically ousted president of the Ivory Coast who refused to step down after losing presidential elections.
But Gbagbo is hardly the most egregious of Lanny Davis' clients.
For months the Washington lobbyist has been taking exorbitant sums of money from one of the world's most corrupt dictators: Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
In the summer of 2010, Davis signed a $1 million annual contract to represent President Obiang, who has ruled Equatorial Guinea for over three decades and is accused of countless human rights abuses throughout his tenure.
An American lobbyist should not be taking exorbitant amounts of money from an illegitimate leader to help him suppress the democratic rights of his people.
Call on Lanny Davis to immediately drop President Obiang as his client.
- Lanny Davis
- Assistant, Lanny Davis
Thank you for agreeing to end your relationship with Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo.
Your decision took moral courage and will not go unnoticed.
I write to thank you, and to express my ongoing concern that Mr Gbagbo was not the most morally egregious of your clients. That distinction rests with Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
My understanding is that you have a $1 million annual contract to represent President Obiang, who has ruled Equatorial Guinea for over three decades and is accused of countless human rights abuses throughout his tenure.
A distinguished American lawyer like yourself should not be taking exorbitant amounts of money from a dictator who suppresses the rights of his people. It is not consistent to drop President Gbagbo while continuing to represent someone like President Obiang.
I call on you to protect your good name and immediately drop President Obiang as your client.
I will again commend your moral courage in doing so.
I look forward to your response.
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