Who’s Behind “Allawi-for-Iraq.com”?

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IraqSlogger reports that on August 17, White House-connected lobby powerhouse, Barbour Griffith & Rogers (BGR), purchased a domain name, Allawi-for-Iraq.com.*

The timing was interesting. As Slogger’s Christina Davidson reports, former Iraqi prime minister Ayad “Allawi argued in an August 18 Washington Post op-ed that Iraq will descend into chaos unless Maliki is replaced as prime minister.”

Presumably, replaced by himself, he might have been hinting.

A couple months ago, I reported here on BGR’s lobbying for another of Iraq’s players, the Kurdistan Regional Government.

*Update: Whois registration for the Allawi domain below the fold:

Whois Record
Registrant:
Barbour Griffith & Rogers, Inc
1275 Pennsylvania Avenue, 10th Floor
Tenth Floor
Washington, DC 20004
US

Domain Name: ALLAWI-FOR-IRAQ.COM

Administrative Contact, Technical Contact:
Barbour Griffith & Rogers, Inc
1275 Pennsylvania Avenue, 10th Floor
Tenth Floor
Washington, DC 20004
US
202-333-4936 fax: 202-833-9392

Record expires on 17-Aug-2008.
Record created on 17-Aug-2007.
Database last updated on 23-Aug-2007 11:18:59 EDT.

Domain servers in listed order:

NS7.WORLDNIC.COM 205.178.190.4
NS8.WORLDNIC.COM 205.178.189.4

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