Paul Manafort reportedly helped pro-Russia political party secretly pay U.S. lobbyists

Paul Manafort.
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Donald Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, once helped a pro-Russia party in Ukraine to secretly route at least $2.2 million to Washington lobbying firms unreported, The Associated Press reports. The news arrives at a volatile time for Trump's campaign, which has already been accused of being in cahoots with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The law requires that lobbyists declare when they receive support from foreign leaders or political parties; doing so is a hassle, though, and the reputations of lobbyists can suffer, particularly if foreign interests are different than those of the United States.

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