Ghost Paid US$207, 277 for Ellen’s Public Relations


    Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Edward McClain, is revealed to have paid more than US$200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand United States dollars) to her lobbyist, KRL International LLC, for public relations, months after his death.

    According to the US Attorney General’s report to Congress prepared in accordance with the Foreign Assets Registration Act, Dr. Edward McClain in his capacity as Minister of State for Presidential Affairs paid US$197,277.00 to KRL International, LLC on July 31, 2016, eight days after he died.

    McClain died on July 23, 2016 in a South African hospital at age 72 but FARA’s records further show that the Johnson Sirleaf administration was still making international publication payments in his name, six months after his demise to include a January 31, 2017 US$10,000 transaction.

    The report: Edward McClain Minister of State for Presidential Affairs Office of the President of Liberia Nature of Services: Public Relations.

    The registrant contacted U.S. government officials, media representatives, congressional staffers, members of Congress, and others to discuss the state of bilateral relations between the United States and Liberia. The registrant also contacted U.S. government officials to ensure the foreign principal remained eligible for bilateral programs. For the six month period ending January 31, 2017.

    US firm, KRL International is owned by K. Riva Levinson who was Sirleaf’s image fixer for the 12 years she served as President of the Republic of Liberia. The company received millions in public relations payments from the government of Liberia between 2006 and 2017.