PB BUFFS IMAGE OF LEBANON’S BANKS
Patton Boggs has inked a $50K monthly retainer pact to promote the image of Lebanon’s banking system,which faces U.S. pressure due to alleged ties with terror groups and the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad.
The move follows the U.S. Treasury Dept.’sFebruary designation of Lebanese Canadian Bank as a“primary money laundering concern,” charged with channeling funds to Hezbollah.
Lebanon’s press reports that Neal Steven Wolin,Treasury’s deputy secretary; Dan Glaser, assistant secretary for terrorist financing, and David Cohen, under-secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, are frequent visitors to Beirut.
PB’s one-year pact is with Banque du Liban, the country’s central bank. The goal is the “promotion of the image of Lebanese banking before the U.S. Congress and Administration.”
The firm will determine its fee based on the standard billing rate of the Lebanon lobbying team. That unit is led by Tommy Boggs, who bills at the $990 hourly rate.
He’s assisted by Larry Harris (who was MCICommunications’ liaison to ATT/FederalCommunications Commission and leader of its landmark antitrust fight bills at $960 an hour), Caffey Norman($750 per-hour for the veteran of the BCCI scandal) andGraham Wisner $660 hour for corporate lobbying veteran of the U.S./India nuke pact).
DENTERLEIN ACQUIRES MORRISSEY
Boston's Denterlein has acquired Morrissey & Co.,the firm of the late Peter Morrissey who died of brain cancer in August at the age of 59. He founded M&C in 1999.
Geri Denterlein is the former communications director for the Massachusetts Dept. of Health and assistant press secretary for Governor Mike Dukakis.
Her firm has serviced healthcare (Lowell GeneralHospital, Tufts Health Plan) and financial services (FederalHome Loan Bank of Boston, Sovereign Bank) clients.
The combined firm haas a staff of about 20.
DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVE REPS GITMO 2
Democratic political operative Joe Trippi is representing the last two Kuwait detainees held by the U.S. at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison complex.
As consultant to Potomac Square Group, Trippi isto have input on its “strategic communications” campaign to achieve the “repariation of the two remainingKuwaiti detainees.”
The effort is funded by International CounselBureau, the London lawyer firm hired by the families of the prisoners.