Qorvis Got Served, with Subpoenas

The FBI searched three offices of the PR firm Qorvis Communications and delivered subpoenas to a fourth office. Officials confirmed the raids but refused further comment, saying there was an "ongoing investigation." Saudi Arabia is a major Qorvis client; the firm called the investigation a "compliance inquiry" under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The Justice Department found that "the Saudi Arabian Embassy paid Qorvis $14.6 million for a six-month period," for such services as distributing material highlighting Saudi Arabia's "commitment in the war against terrorism and to peace in the Middle East." Qorvis also did media outreach, lobbied congressional staff members and Bush administration officials.