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Keystone Pipeline Lobbyist Had Cozy Relationship With State Department Staffers, New Emails Show

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Last week, Friends of the Earth called on the Justice Department to open an investigation into Elliott for violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which requires that 'persons acting as agents of foreign principals in a political or quasi-political
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Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline proposal continued their assault Monday on what they consider a corrupt federal approval process for the project, releasing dozens of new email messages between State Dept employees and a lobbyist for the company behind the pipeline, TransCanada. The emails, part of a growing cache obtained by the environmental group Friends of the Earth, focus on the interaction between TransCanada lobbyist Paul Elliott and representatives of the State Dept, which is currently weighing approval of the Keystone XL project. While no emails between Clinton and Elliott have been released, the newest messages reveal a cozy and solicitous relationship between Elliott and State Dept staff -- particularly one member of the senior diplomatic staff at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Marja Verloop.

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