Brian Ballard
Brian Ballard

The Indian Ocean island nation of Maldives has hired Ballard Partners for a one-year $600K program to build support from US policymakers.

Maldives is in the grip of a crisis following its declaration of a state of emergency and a crackdown on political opponents, media and its judiciary.

The United Nations on Feb. 7 urged Maldives president Abdulla Yameen to end the state of emergency and criticized his actions as "tantamount to an all-out assault on democracy."

The Maldives Marketing and PR Corp., which is funded by the government, is looking for Ballard Partners to provide strategic consulting and advocacy services with the US government.

Brian Ballard, a Republican fundraiser, chaired the Trump Victory organization in Florida during the 2016 presidential campaign.