Ex-McConnell staffers lobbied on Russian-backed Kentucky project - 2019-08-01

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F0.png Ex-McConnell staffers lobbied on Russian-backed Kentucky project August 1, 2019, Natasha Bertrand, Politico

Two former top staffers to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have lobbied Congress and the Treasury Department on the development of a new Kentucky aluminum mill backed by the Russian aluminum giant Rusal, according to a new lobbying disclosure.

The disclosure comes as Democrats are pushing the Trump administration to review Rusal's $200 million investment in the Kentucky project — concerned that the mill will supply the Defense Department — and as McConnell weathers criticism for helping block a congressional effort to stop the investment.

The Russian firm was only able to make the investment after it won sanctions relief from penalties the Treasury Department initially imposed in April 2018 on Rusal and other companies owned by Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch and Kremlin ally accused of facilitating Moscow's nefarious activities, such as seizing land in Ukraine, supplying arms for the Syrian regime and meddling in other countries' elections.

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{{cite news | first = Natasha | last = Bertrand | author2 = Theodoric Meyer | title = Ex-McConnell staffers lobbied on Russian-backed Kentucky project | url = https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/31/mcconnell-staffers-lobbied-russian-backed-kentucky-project-1442550 | work = Politico | date = August 1, 2019 | accessdate = September 20, 2020 }}