Sierra Leone

Mercury Public Affairs is negotiating a contract to represent the West African nation of Sierra Leone. The pact is expected to include PR, government relations and outreach to US officials and media outlets.

The US State Dept. has expressed concerns “irregularities” in the June 24 election in which president Julius Maade Bio was declared the winner.

It is “disturbed by the reports of intimidation, including death threats—against domestic and international observers, civil society organizations and members of the electoral commission,” according to its July 24 statement.

Mercury will have six staffers representing Sierra Leone.

That includes ex-Congressman Toby Moffett, who once co-chaired Mayer Brown’s Africa practice; Bryan Lanza, who was communications director for the Trump Transition; and Eric Bloom, former senior producer for the CBS Evening News.

Omnicom owns Mercury.