Tyler Stapleton, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ deputy director of congressional relations, has registered to lobby through FDD Action. It’s the first time the think tank has had a registered lobbyist. Stapleton will lobby on a variety of bills involving Turkey and Iran — of which the think tank has been sharply critical — and Israel, which the think tank has defended.
Here is more on the announcement from Al-Monitor.
Iran recently sanctioned FDD, a think tank that may have contributed to the destruction of the Iran nuclear deal.
A number of other Washington think tanks have sister lobbying arms, including the conservative Heritage Foundation and the liberal Center for American Progress (CAP).
Here is a Think Tank Watch piece on a new strategy that lobbyists have on increasing their outreach to think tanks in 2020.