Doe Paying U.S. Lobbyist $800,000

<i> Associated Press</i>

Liberian President Samuel K. Doe, his capital under siege by rebel soldiers, has retained a Washington lobbyist for $800,000 to represent his interests here.

Doe hired Van Kloberg & Associates starting June 1. The firm’s owner, Edward van Kloberg, flew to Monrovia last week to finalize the deal, a spokesman said.

“Doe doesn’t need public relations right now, obviously,” spokesman Mike Hogan said. But Liberia’s embassy in Washington has been shut down since the fighting intensified in recent weeks, and Doe needed someone to represent him here.