The Embassy of Japan has retained Cogent Strategies, the firm formed by ex-Podesta Group CEO Kimberley Fritts, for government affairs work and any other mutually agreed services.
The three-month agreement went into effect December 12 and calls for a $5,250 monthly fee.
The Embassy signed a contract with Podesta Group for work that began April 1, 2017. That one-year deal carried a $16,000 monthly fee.
PG imploded in November after it became ensnarled in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Cogent’s contract with Japan recognizes that it “brings to this agreement pre-existing know-how, skill, techniques, trade secrets, knowledge, methods, forms, designs, and other intellectual property and materials.”
Those “pre-existing materials are and will remain the sole and exclusive property of Cogent.”