Council for a Democratic Iran

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The Council for a Democratic Iran (CDI) is a U.S.-based organization that "seeks to raise global awareness about the absence of democracy and human rights in Iran." Its website states, "We believe there is an alternative between military confrontation with the current regime and accommodation. There is another way which will lead to the development of the free and peaceful Iran sought by millions of Iranians inside and outside of the country, and that is by enabling the Iranian people to decide their own future." [1]

Lobbying and public relations

In the third quarter of 2008, CDI spent $300,000 on the lobbying and PR firm The Livingston Group. Its Livingston Group lobbyists include former Congressman Robert Livingston and Lauri Fitz-Pegado. Fitz-Pegado previously worked at Hill & Knowlton, where she helped promote the first Gulf War for the government of Kuwait, using the front group "Citizens for a Free Kuwait." [2]

According to, CDI's other Livingston lobbyists are Steven L. Kreseski, J. Allen Martin and Richard L. Rodgers. Until October 2008, CDI previously retained the firm Cyber Security Research Consultants, whose Geoff Gleason lobbied on behalf of CDI. [3]


From CDI's website: [4]

Contact information

Council for a Democratic Iran
8300 Boone Boulevard, Suite 525
Vienna, VA 22182


Telephone: (703) 848-9278
Fax: (703) 848-9286

Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. "About CDI," Council for a Democratic Iran, accessed October 2008.
  2. "Iranian Exile Group Pays $$$ to Livingston," O'Dwyer's PR Daily (sub req'd), October 22, 2008.
  3. "The Council for a Democratic Iran," (sub req'd), accessed October 2008.
  4. "About CDI: Leadership," Council for a Democratic Iran, accessed October 2008.

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