Haiti has signed Patino & Assocs. to a $37K monthly retainer pact for advocacy and strategic communications services to improve its relationship with the US.

The Coral Gables-based firm will gather information from Haitian officials or private sector representatives to attain intelligence that will help the country better target its outreach efforts.

It will also cultivate interest in Haitian issues among public policy organizations, as well as members of Congress.

The one-year contract began March 1 and automatically renews for another 12 months. Patino reports to Haiti's US ambassador, Bocchit Edmond.

Ralph Patino, who handles the Haitian outreach with James Brewster, is a noted Democratic fundraiser. He co-founded the Futuro Fund that raised $36M for the Democratic National Committee in 2012 and went on to help launch the Latino Victory Project, a bi-partisan effort that supports Hispanic candidates for national office throughout the US.

Patino also has promoted US ties with Cuba. He is a founding member of Cuba Now and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s US-Cuba Business Council and worked closely with the Obama administration to restore diplomatic ties with the island.