BGR Government Affairs is representing a Bulgarian oligarch and member of parliament who is accused of undermining democracy in the Eastern European nation.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports that Delyan Peevski is viewed as Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borisov’s “oligarch in chief” and the “ultimate puppet master” in the country.
He wields enormous influence in Bulgaria via control of 80 percent of the country’s print media and a private TV network.
Hired by Peevski’s law firm, BGR is to “engage and facilitate communications with relevant officials and decision-makers in the US in an effort to help Mr. Peevski with issues in the US,” according to its letter of agreement signed by BGR chairman Ed Rogers.
BGR managing director and former FBI agent Tom Locke, who headed the Bureau’s worldwide investigation of the 9/11 terror attacks, oversees government affairs efforts for Peevski.
Jeff Birnbaum (former Time, Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Washington Post staffer) works the PR front.
BGR’s six-month contract is worth $180K.
RFE/RL reports that president-elect Joe Biden is alarmed about the rollback of liberal values in Eastern and Central Europe and plans to host a summit in 2021 to confront the nations that are backsliding.