Stevie is upset with me again. He's a remarkably sensitive fellow. You'd think that a guy who has made his career as a scapegoating polemicist wouldn't be surprised when he's criticized for being a scapegoating polemicist, but there you have it. Anyway, he writes any number of silly things in his last post on the subject of Israel's perniciousness (and Goldblog's perniciousness) but let me just highlight one for the moment, his statement that, "Saudi Arabia and the other Arab states have no meaningful lobby in Washington...."
A quick review of the FARA (Foreign Agents Registration Act) database, which is where lobbyists who advocate for foreign countries must announce themselves, shows that, among other Washington firms, Hill & Knowlton, Inc. has been lobbying for Saudi Arabia from 1982 until at least 2009. Qorvis Communications, LLC has received $60.3 million in Saudi money over the past decade, and is still doing communications work for Riyadh. Hogan Lovells U.S., L.L.P., which was called Hogan & Harston until May of this year, did work for the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in 2009. The Saudis paid the Loeffler Group, LLP, $10.5 million over the past 10 years, and gave Sandler Innocenzi, Inc. $8.9 million. Patton Boggs, LLP, another lobbying firm, also continues to do work for Saudi Arabia, and has earned a little over $3 million over the past decade.