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Zimbabwe Bolsters Trump Connections

Thu, Apr. 18, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Barry BennettZimbabwe hires a second Trump-connected firm, Avenue Global Strategies, to a $1.1M one-year contract to foster better relations with the US.

Cambodia Gives $500K to PacRim Bridges

Thu, Apr. 11, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Doug EricksenCambodia has given a $500K one-year contract to PacRim Bridges, which is fronted by two Washington state politicos, to improve its relations with the US.

Hong Kong Hires BGR to Back Trade Talks

Tue, Apr. 9, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

HKTDCBGR Government Affairs has signed a $360,000 pact with The Hong Kong Trade Development Council to advocate China’s trade interests as officials in the U.S. and China continue working out a deal to end the countries’ ongoing trade dispute.

Smotkin Signs Kazak Pact

Fri, Apr. 5, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Richard SmotkinRichard Smotkin, the lobbyist whose work for former EPA chief Scott Pruitt made headlines last year, has signed a pact with the Republic of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Culture and Sports.

Muslim World League Hires Qorvis

Mon, Mar. 25, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Muslim LeagueQorvis Communications has signed a one-year $810K contract to represent the Saudi Arabia-based Muslim World League and its push to clarify the true message of Islam. (4 reader comments)

Hogan Lovells Reps Afghan Embassy

Mon, Mar. 25, 2019

By Jon Gingerich


Afghanistan’s embassy in Washington, D.C. has retained Hogan Lovells to strengthen bilateral relations between Afghanistan and the United States.

BGR Bolsters US-China Relations

Fri, Mar. 15, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

China-United States Exchange FoundationBGR Government Affairs has inked a contract to serve as the Washington D.C. liaison for Hong Kong-based nonprofit China-United States Exchange Foundation.

Zimbabwe Hands $1M Pact to Trump-Tied Ballard

Thu, Mar. 7, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Emmerson MnangagwaZimbabwe, which is reeling from economic sanctions imposed by the US and its allies, has turned to Ballard Partners for strategic consulting and DC advocacy work.

Qorvis Goes to Work for War-Torn Yemen

Wed, Mar. 6, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

YemenWar-torn Yemen has turned to Qorvis Communications, which is Saudi Arabia's "go-to firm,"  for support in Washington as Congress moves to limit American involvement in the conflict. (2 reader comments)

O’Keeffe Joins Saudi Lobbying Team

Fri, Mar. 1, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Jeremiah O'KeeffeSaudi Arabia has hired O’Keeffe Global Advisors for DC support in the areas of global politics, national security, trade, tourism and investment. (3 reader comments)

Venezuela Opposition Leader Retains Lobbying Support

Tue, Feb. 26, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Juan GuaidoVenezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó has signed a pact with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer for strategic counsel and U.S. relations work in light of Venezuela's ongoing presidential crisis. (2 reader comments)

NMR&S Pitches for Korean Embassy

Wed, Jan. 30, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

KoreaNelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough will provide advisory services for Korea’s Washington D.C. Embassy in a bid to strengthen bilateral U.S./Korean relations. (1 reader comment)

Omnicom’s Mercury Scores Big Win for Putin Ally

Thu, Jan. 17, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Oleg DeripaskaMercury Public Affairs scored a major victory Jan. 16 as Republicans in the Senate blocked a bid to restore sanctions on aluminum and energy companies controlled by Oleg Deripaska, Russian oligarch and confidant to strongman Vladimir Putin. (2 reader comments)

China's ZTE Taps Trump's Law Firm, Lieberman

Fri, Dec. 21, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Joe LiebermanZTE Corp, the Chinese telecom that President Trump in April sanctioned for selling American technology to Iran and North Korea, has hired his law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres, for legal matters. (2 reader comments)

Burson Supports Singapore Digital Agency

Tue, Dec. 18, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

GovTechGovTech Singapore, the government agency responsible for developing Singapore’s public digital services, has signed a pact with Burson Cohn & Wolfe for PR support.

Sen. Warren Squeezes Saudi PR Firms

Fri, Nov. 30, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Elizabeth WarrenSen. Elizabeth Warren wrote letters to the heads of 23 PR/lobbying firms, including Hill+Knowlton Strategies, MSLGroup, FleishmanHillard, Glover Park Group, Gladstone Place Partners, to determine the extent of their current and past business with Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of the Oct. 2 torture, murder and dismemberment of dissident and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. (10 reader comments)

Dubai Enlists Edelman for U.S. Tourism Push

Wed, Nov. 28, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

DTCMDubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing has signed a pact with Edelman to promote the UAE’s largest city as a tourism and investment destination among U.S. travelers. (2 reader comments)

Hungary Hires B&T for Religious Freedom Work

Tue, Nov. 27, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Viktor OrbanBarnes & Thornburg has picked up government relations work for Hungary's Washington embassy, primarily in the areas of religious freedom and immigration.