Vin Roberti
Vin Roberti

Roberti Global received $1.2M in lobbying payments for the nine months of 2018 to support the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to bring Russian gas to Europe, which is vehemently opposed by President Trump.

The US president says the finished pipeline will increase Europe's reliance on Russian energy sources.

Trump scored a major victory on Oct. 22 when chancellor Angela Merkel announced support for the the import of US gas to Germany. The Nord Stream pipeline is to have a hub in Germany when the gas begins to flow next year from Russia to the Baltic Sea.

Gazprom owns 100 percent of Nord Stream while Royal Dutch Shell has a debt interest in the project.

Vin Roberti, who has represented General Motors, Samsung, Pfizer, AT&T and Ashraf Ghani's successful bid to become Afghanistan president, and Lydia Strunk, deputy floor director for Republican House Speakers John Boehner and Paul Ryan, make the pitch for Nord Stream.

They deal with issues related to the US position toward Nord Stream 2, including potential financial sanctions.