Andrew Young and Nigeria

The New York Times has a lengthy article (registration req’d) today on the connections between former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young and Nigerian president Olusegun...

The New York Times has a lengthy article (registration req’d) today on the connections between former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young and Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, whom Young has known for three decades and is represented in the US by Young’s lobbying and PR firm, GoodWorks.

That GoodWorks has received millions of dollars over the years from Nigeria (and other African countries with human rights issues) is well known within the lobbying community and to the Justice Department, with which GoodWorks and other firms must register their foreign dealings.

But for most people who associate Young with the civil rights movement, including his work with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this article may be the first they’ve heard of his association with Nigeria, and the details of the article may well lead them to disapprove.

Of course, even a guilty man (or country) is entitled to representation, as TV’s Perry Mason used to note, but then there’s also that ever-present threat of guilt by association in the court of public opinion.

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