Klein/Johnson Group has inked a $240K three-month pact to represent PDV Holding, the Houston-based unit of state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A.
PDVH is the indirect sole stockholder of Citgo Petroleum.
K/JG is to assist PDVH “in its efforts to engage with and advocate before the federal government on issues related to the challenges brought by creditors of the Maduro regime that threaten PDV’s continued ownership of its subsidiaries,” according to its contract dated Nov. 22.
The US and more than 60 other nations do not recognize the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro.
K/JG’s work for PDVH includes targeted lobbying of key members of the White House and Congress, conducting informational meetings and monitoring legislative and regulatory developments.
The contract, which went into effect Nov. 19, may be extended for an additional month.
Two Podesta alums established K/JG in December 2017.
Izzy Klein was communications director for current Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), while Matt Johnson worked as chief counsel to former Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX).
Both are handling the PDV push.