A super PAC launched to support former Vice President Joe Bidens presidential candidacy employed a formerly registered foreign agent for the government of Azerbaijan, according to reports.
According to documents (PDF) filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the super PAC, named “Unite the Country,” has a longtime associate of Biden, Larry Rasky, listed as its treasurer, reported The Federalist.
Rasky, a former aide of Biden who worked as a top aide for his two previous presidential bids, will be part of the new pro-Biden group. Rumored to be joining Rasky to lead the super PAC are other Obama administration alumni, including Florida operative Steve Schale, Democratic operative Mark Riddle, and Julianna Smoot, Politico reported.
Pro-Biden super PAC “Unite the Country” is here https://t.co/rGdkCJxJYT
— OpenSecrets.org (@OpenSecretsDC) October 29, 2019
Papers filed under the Foreign Agent Registration Act with the Department of Justice show that the government of Azerbaijan had employed Rasky since April 23, 2019,—around the time Biden announced he would join the 2020 presidential race—The Federalist found.
Records also show Rasky works directly under Elin Suleymanov, Azerbaijans ambassador to the United States, and earns at least $15,000 per month.
“[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 percent administrative fee as described below,” Raskys contract with the government of Azerbaijan 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.”
A letter Rasky provided to the Daily Caller showed his firm ended its relationship with Azerbaijan in late August.
Many reports in conservative media today are saying Larry Rasky is currently a foreign agent for Azerbaijan.
This isnt quite true. Rasky provided me a letter showing that his firm terminated its relationship with the Azerbaijani embassy in late August. pic.twitter.com/6dlGHCeXbD
— Andrew Kerr (@AndrewKerrNC) October 29, 2019
Rasky also changed the name of the super PAC to “Unite the Country” from its original name “For The People” on Oct. 28, FEC records show.
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