Sunday, July 18, 2010

Lobbyists' Potentially Corrupt Practices for Australia's 2022 World Cup Bid

The Age provides some background on the potentially corrupt practices of two lobbyist who are working with Australia on the country's bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

Two controversial European lobbyists hired to help bring the soccer World Cup to Australia stand to receive up to $11.37 million in fees and bonuses - one-quarter of the taxpayer-funded bid - according to secret Football Federation Australia files.

The files include a spreadsheet that suggests the federal government was not told specific details about how taxpayers' money was to be spent on the lobbyists and grants to overseas football bodies headed by powerful FIFA officials.

World Cup money trail: lobbyists to make millions
The Age
June 30, 2010