Drew Willison, who was chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, has registered Chinese-government-linked Hikvision USA for work regarding federal sanctions slapped on the world’s largest maker of video surveillance systems.
His Elevation Association began work on May 12 following a Financial Times article reported that the Biden administration was planning to impose tougher sanctions on Hikvision for enabling human rights abuses.
Chinese security forces use Hikvision’s facial recognition systems to track and detain Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang province.
Elevation has received $300K in fees from Hikvision through Oct. 14.
BCW also works for Hikvision. It hauled in $1.6M in fees/expenses for the six-month period that ended June 30.
The WPP unit advised Hikvision on PA and policy issues, strategic planning & guidance and how to execute digital infrastructure.
It also handled media relations, tracking and reporting and key message development.