Influence: New Details About Mercury’s Work for a Mysterious Foundation — Altria Hires Third Street Strategies — Time Warner’s Merger with AT&T at Little Risk Despite CNN Feud

A FOREIGN LOBBYING UPDATE: Mercury has provided some new details about its lobbying for a little-known group called the Libertas Foundation in a DOJ filing. Former Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) engaged in a flurry of lobbying shortly after joining Mercury in February, less than two months after he left the Senate. Vitter called and emailed several officials at the State Department and the National Security Council between Feb. 16 and Feb. 28 regarding the “U.S. Government Position on Macedonia Government Formation,” according to the filing. His efforts included two calls to K.T. McFarland, the deputy national security adviser at the time and an ally of Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser who had been forced out earlier in February. McFarland herself left in April

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