APCO Worldwide and Fleishman-Hillard work the lobbying beat for Huawei Technologies, subject of a scathing Congressional report that charges the Chinese telecom company poses a risk to U.S. national security.
APCO, which began work for Huawei in 2010, collected $180K of the company’s $820K in first-half lobbying outlays. It handles foreign investment and security-related issues, as well as contact with the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
APCO’s team includes Barry Schumacher, senior director of international policy who joined the D.C. PR firm in `87 after working trade policy issues for Florida Governor Bob Graham.
He’s assisted by former Congressman Don Bonker (D-WA) and Brian McLaughlin, who was a research assistant for Sen. Richard Durbin and for the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
F-H picked up Huawai earlier this year for the “Congressional review of cybersecurity procedures of telecommunications manufacturers and any legislative proposals of federal agency policies regarding cybersecurity and foreign telecommunications manufacturers” according to its filing statement.
Bill Black, co-chair of F-H’s global PA practice, leads the Huawei push.
China’s Commerce Dept. today slapped the House Intelligence Committee report as “based on subjective conjecture and untrue foundations.” It believes the Committee has “made made groundless accusations against China.”
Huawei blistered the House findings as “China bashing.”