Scientology's influence grows in Washington - 1998-03-29
Prodded by the Scientologists' paid lobbyists and its cadre of sympathetic entertainers, several lawmakers and the Clinton administration have criticized the German government for allegedly discriminating against Scientology practitioners. They even got their argument against Germany to the floor of the House of Representatives last November.
On another front, the organization and members of Congress have complained to the U.S. Trade Representatives Office that the Swedish government failed to protect Scientology copyrights. The trade office, an arm of the administration, cited the copyright problem in deciding to include Sweden on its watch list of governments under review for possible trade agreement violations.