APCO Worldwide represents Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant that is at the heart of the US battle with China on the technology and trade fronts.
Canadian officials arrested Meng Wanzhou, CFO and daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, Dec. 1 based on an extradition order from the US.
The arrest triggered a global market sell-off.
Huawei is a long-time client of DC-based APCO. The DC firm handles foreign investment and security-related issues and provisions related to US government purchases, according to federal filing records.
Don Bonker, former Democratic Congressman from Washington and executive director at APCO, oversees Huawei.
He's APCO's go-to person on trade and investment issues (including Committee of Foreign Investment in the US) in Russia, Europe and Asia. Bonker specializes in Chinese investments in the US.
Huawei's fees declined from $30K during the first and second quarter to $10K in the third period.
Evan Kraus, APCO president and managing director of operations, told O'Dwyer's that his firm is "fully transparent about our lobbying and foreign representation work in all cases through our public filings."
He confirmed the public filings are "an accurate reflection of our work."