Church of Scientology International — Lobbying in Washington D.C.

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Source: opensecrets.org

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The Daily Caller: Church of Scientology Lobbied the White House

 by Patrick Howler

12/04/2013

“The Church of Scientology lobbied the White House on key issues, pushing for criminal justice reform and for help to combat Russia’s religious ‘Extremism Law,’ which targets Scientology.

“Scientology’s Washington lobbyist also met with Obama White House officials to participate in multiple working groups and met with the Obama administration Transition Team before Obama took office, records reveal.

“Obama administration departments lobbied by Scientology include the State Department, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security.

“Greg Mitchell, founder of the small firm The Mitchell Company, is the Church of Scientology’s official lobbyist in Washington, D.C. and also a Church of Scientology member. Insiders say that his role is to help the Church gain mainstream credibility with influential decision-makers.

“On behalf of his client Church of Scientology International, Mitchell lobbied the White House Office four times: twice in 2009 and twice in 2012, according to lobbying disclosure forms. Church of Scientology International was Mitchell’s only client that he lobbied the White House for on these occasions, according to the disclosures…

“Mitchell’s lobbying work highlighted his clients’ concern about Russia’s ‘increasing misuse of the 2002 Extremism Law to censor religious scriptures and disrupt religious organizations,’ according to an April 2012 disclosure.

“The 2002 Extremism Law has long been a thorn in the side of the Church of Scientology…

“…On the Russian issue, Mitchell circulated a letter that was signed by ’35 religious and human rights organizations’ including the Church of Scientology expressing concern. The groups are believed to be members of an “informal” group called the International Religious Freedom Roundtable, co-chaired by Mitchell. The Church of Scientology is an informal member of the group.

2 comments

  1. Does David Miscavige have to report how much he pays a lobbyist to pimp his Cult of Scientology to the Obama administration?

  2. Even with being just 5 months into the year the spending on lobbying seems to be very low so far in 2014. Just to match their lowest yr, 2003, of $40K they would have to increase their spending 4x in the next 7 months. I assume that would be easy to do but it seems to still indicate that spending on lobbying is way down this year. Wonder why?

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