Christina Pushaw, the combative spokesperson for Florida governor Ron DeSantis, has registered as a foreign agent for work that she did from 2018 to 2020 for Mikheil Saakashvili, ex-president of Georgia.
He headed the former Soviet republic from 2004 to 2013 and then left it to become a citizen of Ukraine.
She counseled Saakashvili on international communications and media, including assistance with TV appearances, op-eds and outreach to policymakers, according to her Justice Dept. filing.
Pushaw also monitored the Georgia political environment and advised Saakashvili on how to boost his international profile.
Her goal was to pave the way for Saakashvili to re-enter Georgian politics at some future date.
She received compensation of $25K for her efforts and lived rent-free in an apartment in Georgia capital of Tbilisi which was owned by an associate of Saakashvili.
Saakashvili is associated with an opposition party, United National Movement, that challenged the ruling party in the 2018 presidential election and 2020 parliamentary election.
The former president returned to Georgia in 2021 and was arrested.
Pushaw’s filing refers to her one-time client as “currently incarcerated as a political prisoner in Georgia.”
She belatedly filed the registration after being contacted by the Justice Department.