American Media Inc., the National Enquirer's parent company, had so many contacts with Saudi Arabia over the last several years that it asked the Department of Justice in 2018 if it should register as a foreign agent, a person familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal. Under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, anyone that represents the interest of a foreign power in a "political or quasi-political capacity" must let the government know about this relationship. AMI sought money from Saudi investors to fund acquisitions, and produced a glossy magazine titled "The New Kingdom," praising Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Because of these contacts, AMI approached the Justice Department, asking whether it should register as a foreign agent; the Justice Department responded that it was determined the company is not "an agent of a foreign principal" under FARA.
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