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USA to lobby interests of Georgia2009-03-23 10:46
The USA will promote Georgia in the international arena, and the government of Georgia signed a USD 300 thousand contract with Public Strategies, an American lobbying company. The term of the contract counts 6 months.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The issues of Georgia in the company will be considered by influential people from the U.S. Democratic Party, including Jeff Eller, in the times of Bill Clinton's presidency responsible for the media company of the White House; and Robert Ludke, previously the analyst of the Democratic Party for budget and tax issues.
Besides, according to the paper, Tbilisi signed a USD 470 thousand, 11-month contract with the two consultants: Daniel Cunin (the ex-advisor to President Saakashvili) and Gregory Maniatis.
"The contract is to provide strategic and communications advice to the Government of Georgia in its international relations, specifically with the United States," Maniatis said. According to The Hill one more lobbying firm, Glover Park Group is working with Georgia. It was hired by the government of Georgia in August 2008 and has already been paid USD 320 thousand for the services.
Glover Park Group established over 50 connections with U.S. Congressmen's and U.S. senators' offices in order to organize meetings with Georgian officials or discuss the issues concerned with the trade relations. Another task of Glover Park Group was promotion of Saakashvili in mass media.
One more firm working for Georgia was Orion Strategies, which, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, received USD 150 thousand from the government of Georgia. It's worthy noticing that Orion Strategies was founded by RandyScheunemann, the advisor of John McCain.
The information on the contracts with the U.S. lobbying firms was confirmed by the Georgian embassy in the U.S. - The Hill. The government of Georgia also hired a Brussels-based PR-consulting firm Aspect Consulting.