These 5 GOP Senators Were Paid by Pro-Saudi Lobbyists Prior to Voting to Support Yemen War

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted 63-37 in favor of advancing a resolution to end America’s military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

This vote came after the White House sought to continue supporting the Saudi effort, even after  journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by the Saudis at their own consulate in Istanbul.  Trump had sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to try and convince the Senate not to withdrawal their support for Saudi Arabia’s efforts.

63 Senators, including many Republicans, voted to advance the resolution forward, but 37 Senators still voted not to advance the resolution.  Five of these Senators, as first reported by Aljazeera, have been paid by pro-Saudi lobbyists.

Between 2016 and 2017, Republican Senators Roy Blunt, John Boozman, Richard Burr, Mike Crapo and Tim Scott have all been recipients of monetary contributions from lobbyists who represent Saudi interests, according to a study by the Centre for International Policy (CIP).

Roy Blunt was on the receiving end of $19,200 in funds from pro-Saudi firms in 2017, while the other four Republican Senators received amounts ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 sometime between 2016-17.

Nothing about accepting funds from lobbyists with Saudi interests is illegal, but it might help us better understand why some Republicans are in support of a war that other Republicans don’t feel is warranted.

Photo credit: Alisdare Hickson

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