03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

US Firm Will Not Lobby For Sudan

The Washington Post reports that law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough has dropped its effort to secure a lobbying contract with the pariah regime in Sudan.

The paper reports that increasing opposition from human rights activists and lawmakers hindered the deal for Democratic fundraiser Robert Crowe. Crowe had been attempting to secure the contract with the government of Khartoum since the spring, and the deal would have given Sudan its first Washington lobbyist since 2006. State Department officials said that the administration first rejected the application but urged Crowe to seek congressional support before it reconsidered.

Crowe practices law in Boston and served as the finance chairman of Sen. John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign and PAC.

"They are on our sanctions list and have been for some time, and I see no reason to allow them to have a lobbyist," said Rep. Donald M. Payne (D-N.J.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Africa and global health subcommittee and a leader of the House Sudan caucus.