Washington: India’s top corporate entity Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), which faces possible penalties by the Barack Obama administration for its business ties with Iran, has paid about Rs1 crore for lobbying among US lawmakers.
The payment of $1,90,000 to a high-profile lobbyist firm here, BGR Holding, was made by RIL in the first quarter of 2009, and is the first instance of any lobbying by the Indian company with the US lawmakers.
Barbour Griffith & Rogers (BGR), which registered itself as a lobbyist for RIL in January 2009 itself, has disclosed its lobbying-related income of $190,000 from the Indian company in a disclosure filed with the Senate and the House of Representatives for the first quarter of 2009.
In its disclosure report, BGR has named “trade (domestic/ foreign) as the general issue areas where it is lobbying on behalf of RIL and has said that it provided “strategic counsel on issues related to trade.” The lobbyist has named the US House of Representatives and the US Senate among the houses and agencies for these lobbying activities.
BGR lobbyists have previously served in the White House and Congress and also in other senior positions at various other agencies and the firm is known to have been effective at stopping or changing many policies considered to be harmful for its clients. Its client list comprises of many Fortune 500 companies, foreign governments and trade associations.