This man is the Church of Scientology's Washington lobbyist - 2015-04-08

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F88.png This man is the Church of Scientology's Washington lobbyist April 8, 2015, Hunter Walker, Business Insider

For over ten years, records show the Church of Scientology has had one man lobbying Congress on its behalf.

According to House of Representatives and US Senate disclosure reports, the controversial religious group has paid over $1 million to Greg Mitchell to lead its lobbying efforts since 2003. No other lobbyist has reported working for the church during this period.

A spokesperson for the Church said Mitchell's lobbying work is "aligned to our broad humanitarian social initiatives." In his disclosure reports, Mitchell provided extensive details about his lobbying for Scientology. These records show he has focused on several areas for the church — pursuing federal funding for Scientology's educational programs and disaster relief efforts, promoting efforts to help prisoners re-enter society, working to promote programs to help religious workers immigrate to the US, and working to make "international religious freedom" a priority for the government.


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