The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has employed a vast collection of lobbying groups and public relations firms, paid by its government or by entities directly tied to its government, in order to advance its interests in the United States government. It is estimated that in 2018 alone Saudi Arabia spent more than $34 million on lobbying efforts, according to OpenSecrets.org, which collects data on Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) filings.
Over the last several years, lobbying from Saudi Arabia has grown substantially. This is due to multiple important events, such as the passing of a 2016 Sept. 11 lawsuit bill that allows families of the terrorist attack’s victims to sue Saudi Arabia, the outrage over the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and efforts to withdraw support for the Saudi military campaign in Yemen. These are some of the former lawmakers who cashed in as lobbyists and advanced Saudi Arabia’s interests while on their payroll.