Registered Foreign Agent Leads New Biden Super PAC 10/30/2019 Source: AAN by: AAN Staff
Faltering Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden has a brand new Super PAC in an attempt to revive his sagging presidential hopes.
The move follows a dramatic reversal from earlier this year when Biden rejected support from Super PACs, which can receive unlimited donations.
But the real scrutiny swirls around Larry Rasky, a lobbyist who is the treasurer for the PAC. Rasky is registered to lobby on behalf of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Per The Federalist:
Records filed with the Department of Justice show that Rasky is also a registered foreign agent lobbying on behalf of the government of Azerbaijan. The records, which were filed pursuant to the Foreign Agent Registration Act, show that Rasky was hired by the Azerbaijani government on April 23, 2019. Federal documents signed by Rasky show that he reports directly to Elin Suleymanov, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to the United States.
“[The government of Azerbaijan] will pay RASKY a minimum monthly non-refundable fee (the ‘Monthly Fee’) for the Services provided of $15,000 per month, plus a 5% administrative fee as described below,” Rasky’s contract with the foreign government states. “The Monthly Fees totaling $94,500 shall be paid in two equal installments. The initial payment of $47,250 is due upon the signing of this agreement. The second payment of $47,250 is due on July 15, 2019.”
Rasky changed the name of the PAC from “For The People” to “Unite the Country” on Monday, according to FEC filings. The filings do not state which country Rasky intends to unite on Biden’s behalf.
Politico reported in August that Rasky also explored going into business with Hunter Biden and James Biden, the former vice president’s younger brother. At one point, Rasky planned to provide a million dollars towards the Bidens’ purchase of Paradigm Global Advisors, a hedge fund.
Biden's campaign has faced multiple allegations he used his influence as vice president to benefit his son and brother