Scandal-plagued Nicaragua hires DC lobby firm


Even old Danny Ortega has got a lobbyist in Washington DC these days. I mean let’s be honest, he’s long had “lobbyists” who actually sat in the US Congress, but you know I mean. He’s got the K Street wing-tipped kind these days.

(From The Hill)

The Central American country has come under scrutiny and international criticism over allegations that it is rigging elections to keep President Daniel Ortega in power.

The Gephardt Group signed its contract with Francisco Obadiah Campbell Hooker, Nicaragua’s U.S. ambassador, on Dec. 1.

Disclosure forms submitted to the Justice Department are vague in terms of what kinds of specific issues the firm will be working on for the country.

However, documents do say that the company will be holding meetings with congressional and executive branch officials to influence policies “that contribute to the economic and political relations between the Republic of Nicaragua and the United States of America, as they arise.”

The contract is worth $35,000 per month and lasts until the end of December 2017.

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