The United States of Anonymity: In KI’s latest report, Casey Michel explores how America’s transformation into one of the world’s leading offshore financial havens empowers foreign kleptocrats – and what can be done about it.
Enablers: Manafort’s FARA charge means that the party’s over for Washington’s foreign lobbyists, writes Matthew Kahn. (FP)
After it was revealed to have been indirectly working for the Yanukovych regime, clients are abandoning Podesta Group. (Politico)
Not just on K Street: An Iowa power couple are in hot water after failing to reveal Saudi funding for a lobbying project involving unwitting veterans. (Des Moines Register)
Erdogan named in Iran sanctions dodging case: New York prosecutors may have evidence that the Turkish regime supported the money laundering scheme. (Bloomberg)
Extractive transparency: The U.S. withdrew yesterday from a major multilateral effort to curb corruption in the oil and gas industries. (Reuters)
1MDB: Goldman Sachs is now being probed by Singaporean investigators. (CNBC)
Global Magnitsky: Canada sprang into action against 52 human rights abusers and corrupt officials – including 30 Russians accused of complicity in Magnitsky’s death. (Globe and Mail)
After the U.S. and Canada, it’s the EU’s turn to implement a sanctions regimetargeting corrupt leaders, argues Dalibor Rohac. (AEI)
Just being a good sport: Alex Ovechkin, captain of the Washington Capitals ice hockey team, reportedly has a direct line to Putin and has now started a fan club honoring the Russian president – but apparently, “It’s not about political stuff.” (WaPo)
Finally… Asked how he could afford his house, the father of a convicted money launderer told investigators that he won the Pakistan lottery 123 times. (Express & Star)
Compiled by Nate Sibley.
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