Thursday, June 26, 2008

$520,154: how much the Moroccan-Center for Policy costs in a year

Or: make Robert Holley pay for dinner. Continuing yesterday's lobbyist disclosure fun, check out the Moroccan-American Center for Policy's disclosure statement (PDF). Written way back in 2004, it includes some interesting documents setting out the MACP's goals, though no mention of Western Sahara.

It also has a 3 year budget projection of the MACP's expenses from 2004-2006 (page 22). Total expenses are expected to come to $228,345, $491,756, and $520,154, respectively. A lot of that money goes to pay the salary of executive director Robert Holley, who was supposed to be paid $200,000 in 2006 (not counting food and travel).


  1. 200,000 it could be paid to some 400 jobless youth in morocco and the total costs of the MACP could save about 1000 jobless,but robert holley deserve it with his hard working staff even they deserve more for their against international law efforts.

  2. wake up dear poor moroccans i think it's time,and the reality became clear as "the sun in the lovely day" as a moroccan singer says.

  3. Anonymous12:13 PM

    Hello Will,
    I see that your blog has been doing well lately, so you can afford to have a Moroccan newspaper (Le Journal Hebdo) which is not online flew all over from Algiers to DC. So, are you the exclusive correspondent of this Moroccan publication? Have you filed your 1040 lateley ? Because it seems that you have some extra revenues that you don’t bring about. Well can you tell your readers how much you charge for the very special blog lobbying you’re doing for Algeria? My guess is that it is around 75K a year, but I couldn’t find your file on FARA…

  4. That money definitely could have helped Moroccans in a better way. A similar point was made by a Moroccan, actually, in a comment thread where Holley himself posted.

    Still, I wonder if we're not being hypocritical, calling for SADR to spend more on lobbying but criticizing MACP's budget.

  5. Hey anonymous, I was writing my other comment while you made yours. As has been said before, I wish I was making some cash from Algeria--it would save me the need to make money otherwise.

    Seriously, $75k? Why would I even go to school?

    As for how I got Le Journal Hebdo, there's this pretty crazy thing called e-mail. It allows people to send text and images over the internet. I'd tell you to check it out, but I know we can't all afford such extravagances with Algerian money.

  6. Anonymous12:52 PM

    Tindouf , within the framework of a humanitarian mission undertaken by " International NGO" an NGO, declared in a report (beyond the psychological pressure), there is physical control. Members of the military, dressed in civilian clothes, and the secret police (the Intelligence Ministry) examine everything; they are attentive to everything and everyone».
    Thus describing the pressures exercised on the Tindouf camp-confined populations and their deprivation of all forms of freedom, they added: a « system of clientelism that enables the leaders to keep a strong hold over the population. People have very few established rights. Everyone has to beg for the favours of the leaders. These favours can consist, for example, of a medical operation abroad, studies, a job within the Polisario Front, the right to go out of the camps and, probably economic favours as well.
    One would consequently distinguish, according to the NGO, two kinds of people within the camps of Tindouf: "Some of those close to the power have access to a more or less comfortable life and can on occasion leave the Algerian zone. They have in particular satellite television; many have a four-wheel-drive car and a certain comfort of life that it is surprising to meet in refugee camps. If freedom for some is limited to trading with Mauritania, others have been able to put all their children into boarding schools in Switzerland. The other category lives in a very rudimentary fashion and is entitled to almost nothing. Their real conditions of life are difficult to estimate. The Polisario Front limits to the maximum the contacts that foreigners could have with this category of the population, the real victim of this conflict, hostage of the Polisario Front

  7. Hehe, I googled that and found a killer site. Thanks so much.

  8. well our beloved sahara deserve all of our money, all of our blood...

    ps : devoteof.. the way you see economic is quit amazing? have you a phd in economic? no? go learn and i'm sure that attijari bank can hire you for 25k$ a year, i think it's better for you than losing time here my friend, i wish all the best my dear moroccan friend

  9. Blimey - social inequality in the camps with some people being better off than others, and exploiting their positions to theor own advantage. That's shocking. I can't think of any other society in the world where a similar sort of thing goes on. Certainly everyone is equal in the communitarian heaven that is Morocco. Here in the UK all the wealth is shared out equally by our philanthropic government whose only purpose is to ensure that everyone is treated equally.

    Oh, hang on, - sorry, brain malfunction. What was I thinking.

    Seriously, there seems to be an implicit message in these sorts of post - that the Sahrawi don't deserve independence because their society isn't perfect and their government in exile might not be as democratic as it could be. But why single the Sahrawi out for this kind of treatment? Particularly when I suspect those close to the royal palace in Morocco might enjoy a few privileges.

    Seriously, why demand that the Sahrawis' society and government have to be perfect in order to enjoy the same rights to self determination that everyone else aspires to?

    I'm waiting for an answer.

  10. So at least we know that Saad has a PhD in economics - if not his comment would be a tad hypocritical ;-)

    Perhaps we should do a cost-benefit analysis? They work really well for other issues, like climate change. But remember to set the discount rate to get the answer you want....

  11. the way you spend money is amazing too 200,000 dollar a month for Holley for what? i want you dear moroccan friend to answer me,but because you belong to the Makhzen's staff DST you did not think of your jobless youth that prefer to set fire on themselves than to suffer jolessness,does it need a PHD in economics to figure it out.

  12. Set fire to themselves? Link if you can, Devotee.

    Good points, Nick. SADR, despite being a more egalitarian society than Morocco, always seems unfairly penalized for their imperfections.