Philip Baskin

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Philip Baskin (1923-2005) was an American lawyer.[1]

In 1977, Baskin travelled to the Soviet Union with Judge William Cercone to meet Jewish Refuseniks and draw attention to repressive emigration policies.[2]

Along with John P. Sears, a former manager of Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign, Baskin headed the law firm Baskin and Sears, which was paid $500,000 annually from 1981 to 1984 to lobby for Apartheid South Africa in the United States.[3]



  1. Bob Batz Jr.,Obituary: Philip Baskin / Well-known lawyer, former City Council member, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 3 January 2005.
  2. Jeffrey Cohan, Obituary: William F. Cercone / Judge left lasting mark in courts he served, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 4 January 2005.
  3. Greg Goldin, The Toughest Accounts: How Madison Avenue Sells Foreign Dictators, Mother Jones, January 1985.