The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, which represents Taiwan’s political interests in the U.S., signed the well-connected Democratic firm Heather Podesta + Partners to a one-year contract worth $300K.
The contract calls for HKP+P to tap its “high-level relationships” to assist TECRO’s goal of strengthening ties to the U.S. government. Work began May 1.
Heather Podesta is the wife of super-lobbyist Tony Podesta. His Podesta Group in April inked a $300K contract with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. Hong Kong is part of China, which views Taiwan as a renegade province.
Taiwan has strong Republican representation. TECRO uses Park Strategies, the firm of former New York Senator Al D’Amato. It has a $240K one-year pact there.
In January, the Taiwanese inked Western Hemisphere Strategies to a $15K monthly pact to keep tabs on “developments in the U.S. Congress and political scenes.”
That’s the firm of former Florida Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart. His brother, Mario, took over his seat in the last election.