Advisory Opinions

The Department’s regulations implementing FARA provide parties with the ability to make inquiries of the FARA Unit concerning the Department's present enforcement intentions with respect to contemplated activities.  See 28 C.F.R. § 5.2.  Such inquiries must reflect actual, contemplated transactions, and cannot be anonymous.  28 C.F.R. § 5.2(b). 

Below are links to advisory opinions that the FARA Unit has issued pursuant to requests under 28 C.F.R. § 5.2 since January 1, 2010, as well as three opinions issued prior to that point.  The identities of the parties and any personal identifying or proprietary information have been redacted from the opinions.  The FARA Unit will post future advisory opinions on a periodic basis.

Please note that these letters, and the guidance they provide, are based on the information submitted to the FARA Unit.  Nothing in these letters is intended to create any substantive or procedural rights, privileges, or benefits enforceable in any administrative, civil, or criminal matter. See United States v. Caceres, 440 U.S. 741 (1979).

Updated January 14, 2020

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