Foreign lobbying in D.C.

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort departs federal court in Washington, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort departs federal court in Washington, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Foreign lobbying is a huge industry in Washington. It’s common for Washington D.C. elites to curry favor with lawmakers on behalf of foreign governments. Yet the regulations on the practice are slim and loosely enforced. The indictment of Paul Manafort for neglecting to register his various ties overseas has some on K Street worried. BEN FREEMAN, director and founder of the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative at the Center for International Policy joins us.

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