Monitor Group, a Cambridge, MA-based consulting firm, recently apologized for working on a paid campaign for Moammar Khadafy between 2006 and 2008.
The Boston Globe reports that the Libyan government paid Monitor Group $250,000 a month for three years for work that included "writing a book proposal, bringing prominent academics to Libya to meet Khadafy 'to enhance international appreciation of Libya' and trying to generate positive news coverage of the country."
An ethics issue has also been called out on the campaign because the academics were paid for their time by the troubled government. And suggestions are being made that Monitor Group violated the law by not registering as a foreign lobbyist.
Monitor Group released a statement, with a portion of it that reads:
"The vast majority of our paid work related to the provision of two main services. First, a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the Libyan economy and identification of and plans for potential sources of competitive and comparative advantage for the country's future. Second, in-depth training in management and leadership for several hundred high-potential leaders, drawn from many sectors. We undertook these efforts in good conscience within the then climate of optimism for the country's future, and firmly believe that this was responsible and appropriate activity at that time."