CLS Strategies is providing Washington support for Al Jazeera Media Network, which runs the Arab-language satellite TV network that is based in Qatar.
Andrew Koneschusky handles issues that may arise from Al Jazeera’s coverage and matters concerning freedom of the press.
He joined the former Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Assocs. from crisis firm Levick, where he worked on accounts such as the “Kuwaiti 12” prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Levick wound down that effort to free the detained Kuwaitis in 2013.
Earlier, Koneschusky was national press secretary for New York Senator and Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and ex-Brooklyn Congressman Anthony Weiner.
CLS, which is part of Omnicom, is working as a subcontractor to law firm, DLA Piper, which has resumed its representation of al Jazeera.
The lobbying firm had worked for the media company from 2013 to 2016. DLA Piper was most active for Al Jazeera during 2015 when it collected $320K for its effort.