Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D., N.J.) campaign chairman works simultaneously as a lobbyist for the government of Qatar, raising concerns among some ethics experts about potential conflicts of interest.
Michael Soliman, a longtime aide and adviser to Menendez, has in recent years lobbied the senator and other members of Congress on behalf of the Qatari government, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday.
Since 2015, Soliman has arranged meetings with members of Congress and various Qatari officials, including the ambassador to Washington, foreign affairs minister, and attorney general, according to records filed with the Justice Department by Mercury Public Affairs, the international consulting and lobbying firm where Soliman is a partner.
He joined the firm after running Menendez’s successful 2012 reelection campaign. Previously, he was the senator’s state director, for which he was paid about $71,500 in his last full year.
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