Corrupt Politicians and Tools of the Gulen Movement

Corrupt Politicians and Tools of the Gulen Movement
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

POLITICO News announces Gulen NGOs using Bilal Eksili Washington Strategy LLC as lobbying arm

Essentially they are hiring themselves to lobby for their NGOs, This blog has reviewed info on Washington Strategy LLC and it's leader Bilali Eksili (die hard member of Hizmet)

Here is more on Gulenist Bilal Eksili

From today's (10/23) POLITICO Influence.

Washington Strategy Group LLC: Alliance for Shared Values [ – Definitely a Turkish/Gulenist entity based in NYC --]
Washington Strategy Group LLC: Bay Area Cultural Connections [NOTE: BAYCC is definitely a Turkish American entity based in the SF Bay Area – See:]
Washington Strategy Group LLC: Huddled Masses [NOTE: Not Turkish, according to my research]
Washington Strategy Group LLC: Raindrop Turkish House [Definitely Turkish / Gulenist, based in Houston, TX --]
Washington Strategy Group LLC: Scioto Educational Foundation [Definitely Turkish / Gulenist, based in Columbus, Ohio --]
Washington Strategy Group LLC: Turkish American Society of Missouri [Also Turkish/Gulenist, based in St. Louis, Missouri --]

Washington Strategy, LLC has an ongoing issue with Joel Rubin's group which is the same name (Washington Strategy)

Gulenist group signs clients, still in conflict with Joel Rubin's firm

With David Beavers and Aubree Eliza Weaver
WASHINGTON STRATEGY GROUP VS. WASHINGTON STRATEGY GROUP: The Washington Strategy Group, a lobbying firm started by supporters of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric living in Pennsylvania blamed by the Turkish government for instigating a failed coup last year, has started signing clients. The group registered to lobby on its own behalf last year on “Human rights violations and the protection of free expression in Turkey,” but until last week hadn’t signed any clients. The six clients all appear to be local Gulenist and Turkish-American organizations based in Columbus, Ohio; Des Plaines, Ill.; Houston; New York; St. Louis; and Sunnyvale, Calif. Washington Strategy Group also registered to lobby for each of them on “Global human rights violations, freedom of expressions, rule of law, recent refugee and immigration problems,” according to disclosure filings.
— Suleyman Turhanogullari, a partner at the firm, wrote in an email that “Washington Strategy Group LLC is a for-profit company serving clients for PR, business consulting and advocacy purposes.” “Our clients have Turkish American members who are suffering because of the deteriorating democracy in their home country,” he added. “We are working hard to increase awareness in the Senate and House for all this human tragedy that they are going through.”
— One of the firm’s clients, though, seemed unfamiliar with the Washington Strategy Group’s work. “I don’t think we hired anyone to do any lobbying,” said Turan, who declined to provide his last name, when I called the number listed for Bay Area Cultural Connections, the Sunnyvale, Calif., group that Washington Strategy Group listed as a client. He said he would find out more and call back but never did. The firm’s other clients didn’t respond to request for comment.
— Washington Strategy Group also remains locked in conflict with a consulting firm run by Joel Rubin that shares the same name. Karen Post, a lawyer for Rubin, sent a letter to the newer Washington Strategy Group in May demanding they stop using the name. But the newer Washington Strategy Group FedExed the letter back to Post’s offices unopened, Rubin said. He also supplied a photo of the FedEx envelope, which listed the newer Washington Strategy Group’s address as the sender. “This highlights the attitude they have about using somebody else’s company’s name and thinking nothing of it,” Rubin said in an interview. “And that’s problematic.”
— Turhanogullari says the Washington Strategy Group never got the letter in question. “We did not receive any letter or return anything to Mr. Rubin,” Turhanogullari wrote in an email. “I don't know how that happened. We haven't had any issues with our mails so far.
Lobbying war rages on over name "Washington Strategy" Joel Rubin vs. Gulen 
Washington Strategy Group, a lobbying firm founded by the leader of a regional arm of the Turkic American Alliance, a Gulen-connected group, is among those hiring up. In the last few months, it has contracted with the Estopinan Group — launched by Art Estopinan, the former chief of staff to Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) — and Gotham Government Relations.
This Washington Strategy Group is not affiliated with a firm founded by Joel Rubin, which has the same name.
Some of the groups supportive of Gulen are believed to have helped arrange trips to Turkey and nearby countries for lawmakers, including one visit to Azerbaijan in 2013 that became the subject of a congressional ethics probe. Gulenists — a term for those who subscribe to the Hizmet movement — are said to be prolific political donors.
Gulen, a former Erdogan ally, has been blamed for orchestrating a failed military coup last summer with the goal of undermining Erdogan, which forced the crackdown that ensued. Gulen condemned the coup attempt and denied involvement. Turkey wants the U.S. to hand Gulen over and has been sending alleged evidence of wrongdoing to the Justice Department.

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