The Monitor Company Group, which faced heat for its representation of Col. Gaddafiís Libya in the aftermath of the rebel uprising, has just retroactively filed its contract effective May 1, 2006, showing fees of $3M and expenses capped at $2.5M.
Photo: US Defense Dept.
Filed May 6 with the Justice Dept., Monitor says its effort was to take advantage of improved diplomatic relations, between Libya and the U.S. in the wake of the Bush II Administration's move to remove designation of the African nation as a terror-supporting state.
Monitor managing partner Stephen M Jennings acknowledged the company "made some mistakes along the way." He added: "While we stand by the majority of our work in and for that country, we have been resolute in our determination to find the facts, remedy errors, and ensure that we learn from them."
Libya, which was responsible for blowing up Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, "suffered from a deficit of positive PR and adequate contact with a wide range of opinion-leaders and contemporary thinkers," according to Monitorís proposed "program of action."
The Cambridge, Mass.-based company drew up a list of potential visitors to Libya including Jim Woolsey (former CIA director), Robert Spencer (Jihad Watch director), George Soros (investor and Open Society Institute chairman), Daniel Pipes (founder of Middle East Forum), San Nunn (ex-U.S. Senator and CEO of Nuclear Threat Initiative), William Kristol (editor of the Weekly Standard) and Tom Friedman (New York Times columnist).
On the media relations front, Monitor promised "operational support for publication of positive articles on Libya" in outlets such as The Economist, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times and Foreign Affairs.
Monitor is currently reviewing its ongoing relationship with Libya and promises the Justice Dept. to "supplement this description as appropriate."
Separately, the company retroactively filed an eight-week campaign for Jordan. That program kicked in Oct. 18 and is worth $620K, or $77.5K-a-week.