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Jack Abramoff and Bob Ney lobbying and corruption scandal and revelations about the creation of NIAC in 2002.

2002: Trita Parsi and Bob Ney, accompanied by 2 Washington lobbyists; worked together to create a parallel organization to NIAC that would undertake its lobby activities. NIAC is a 501c and restricted in lobbying. In his letter to Coffee, Parsi explained the goals of his lobby. Parsi wrote:

"Although the mission of the proposed lobby should be to improve relations between the US and Iran and open up opportunities for trade, the initial targets should be less controversial issues such as visas and racial profiling/discrimination...  Despite its predominantly business oriented constituency, it is essential that the lobby creates a “human face” for its aims and goals. AIPAC successfully painted the opponents of the Iran Libya Sanctions Act as “greedy businessmen who had no scruples when it came to doing business with terrorist regimes.” The oil companies failed to characterize their campaign with “human concern for the well-being of innocent Iranians stuck with a dictatorial regime” or “support for the poor mid-Western family father who lost his job due the sanctions.  The human element is essential both when it comes to attracting support among Iranian-Americans and when it comes to winning the debate and the votes on the Hill."