John McCaslin

Kevin McCauley of O'Dwyer's Public Relations News ( pointed out that the Foreign Agents Registration Act requires lobbyists to file with Justice within 10 days after agreeing to work on behalf of an overseas government.

Mr. Ridge had signed a one-year contract with Albania to the tune of $480,000. The contract revealed he was the "lead on strategic advice provided to the prime minister" on homeland defense, according to O'Dwyer's.

A Ridge Global spokesman said Mr. Ridge did not realize he was required to file as a foreign agent in this particular instance. He filed on June 12.

Dole off Dole

We see the "Dole North Carolina Victory Committee," which raised campaign money for North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole, has been handed a $20,000 civil penalty by the Federal Election Commission for violating multiple provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act.

On top of that, from June 2002 through May 2003, according to the FEC, Earl Allen Haywood, assistant treasurer for the Dole North Carolina Victory Committee, embezzled $155,750 from the committee.

Mr. Haywood was fined only $5,000 and is prohibited from working or volunteering for federal political campaigns for 10 years. In issuing the lenient penalty, the commission says it took into consideration Mr. Haywood's criminal conviction on related charges, his cooperation with the FEC during the investigation, and personal financial hardships.

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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