US Department of Justice registration forms submitted by Denise Henry Morrisey’s company Capitol Counsel show the firm’s registration as a foreign agent for the Russian Direct Investment Fund a now OFAC sanctioned entity.
In 2022, the United States Government specifically sanctioned the Russian sovereign wealth fund, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kirill Dmitriev, which the Treasury Department calls a known Putin ally.
The Treasury Department notice included this statement:
“The unprecedented action we are taking today will significantly limit Russia’s ability to use assets to finance its destabilizing activities, and target the funds Putin and his inner circle depend on to enable his invasion of Ukraine,”
said Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen.
“Today, in coordination with partners and allies, we are following through on key commitments to restrict Russia’s access to these valuable resources.”
The foreign agent registration submitted by Denise Morrisey’s firm specifically lists her on the application (see link below). Patrick Morrisey assumed office as the Attorney General in 2013. The original 2014 application also lists Mrs. Morrisey’s official residence in Alexandria, Virginia. A home that county tax records show she continues to own. The firm also filed a foreign agent registration for the country of Turkey in 2015. Denise Morrisey is listed on that application as well with the same address.
The Intercept reported in May 2022 that following the Crimea invasion, the Russian Direct Investment Fund came under scrutiny from the U.S. government. The Russian fund hired Morrisey’s business Capitol Counsel at $45,000 per month to lobby the Department of Treasury to improve the RDIF’s image. Capitol Counsel also released a supplemental filing to The DOJ outlining thousands of dollars of political contributions that funneled through their firm to congressional and senate candidates. Notable recipients of these donations include Senator Mitch McConnel and Senator Bill Cassidy who was censured by his own Republican Party for voting to impeach Donald Trump.
The Intercept – May 2022