Sun Feb 10th, 2019 at 11:48:14 PM EST
Conservatives of the British ruling party roaming the globe to exert influence and extort the truth ...
Tory strategist's pitch detailed how CTF Partners would spread negative stories and press Fifa to 'restart bidding process'
Revealed: Lynton Crosby's £5.5m offer to undermine 2022 Qatar World Cup | The Guardian |
The detailed pitch document - "a proposal for a campaign to expose the truth of the Qatar regime and bring about the termination of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar" - was written in April last year and personally signed by Sir Lynton Crosby.
He said that if engaged, his lobbying firm, CTF Partners, would require £300,000 a month for 18 months to focus on efforts to delegitimise the Qatari government and put pressure on Fifa to "restart the bidding process" and award the World Cup to another country.
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As part of the pitch document, named "Project Ball", Crosby said CTF Partners could set up full-time war rooms around the world to spread negative stories about Qatar in the mainstream media, run fake grassroots campaigns on social media, and lobby potentially friendly politicians, journalists and academics.
The pitch offers a glimpse into the secretive services offered by the Australian political strategist. Following success in his homeland he helped run the last four Conservative general election campaigns. He was given a knighthood by the former prime minister David Cameron after helping to secure an unexpected Conservative-majority government in the 2015 general election.
Crosby is also close to the foreign former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who has repeatedly described Crosby's use of the "dead cat" media strategy to distract journalists. Johnson recently received a £20,000 interest-free loan from Crosby's company, which has since been repaid.
Crosby's potential client for Project Ball was a self-styled Qatari opposition leader based in London named Khalid Al-Hail, who says he fled the Gulf country after being detained and tortured.
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Pavlov also engaged a PR firm owned in part by Lynton Crosby, the election guru behind the ruling Conservative Party's 2015 and 2017 campaigns in the U.K., as well as Australian election campaigns, to act in the Magnitsky case -- though Crosby himself did not make representations in these cases.
In the correspondence, Pavlov's lawyers describe Crosby's firm, CTF Partners, to him as "the lobbying firm." CTF is not registered as an outside lobbyist on either the U.K. or the EU registers of lobbyists. CTF said the project it undertook for Pavlov was a matter of background research and unrelated to lobbying.
However, Pavlov's efforts proved futile: both he and Ponomarev were named on the final resolution, which passed the EU's parliament in 2014.
This was the backdrop of the meeting in Trump Tower in June 2016--in the midst of the presidential campaign--between Trump Jr. and the Kremlin-connected lawyer Veselnitskaya, who was involved in lobbying against Magnitsky-related sanctions, during which she apparently offered "dirt" on Clinton.
Unlike Pavlov, there are no allegations Veselnitskaya was involved in the original fraud behind the Magnitsky case, but she has worked as a campaigner against the ensuing sanctions since and is a known associate of Pavlov. The two were photographed together attending a screening of a film against the Magnitsky sanctions in the EU parliament and are Facebook friends.
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