Another foreign country has signed a lobbying agreement with Ballard Partners.
The company this week secured a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Democratic Republic of Congo to manage its lobbying efforts in the nation’s capital.
According to the contract, Ballard Partners will present the African nation as “an international leader on climate change, with fair compensation for its carbon credits, and position it more effectively on the path to protecting forest resources and protecting national social”. economic development.”
The company will help the DRC strengthen its relationship with the United States and continue its economic growth. Company Founder Brian Ballard will lead the effort.
The signing of the contract comes after a recent visit to the country by Monique Medina, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. The February trip saw Medina discuss national anti-corruption, conservation and vaccination initiatives.
Ballard Partners’ DRC deal comes two months after signing a $900,000 contract to represent Guatemala.
Under the contract, the company will provide the Central American nation with legislative updates and manage its public relations efforts in the United States. Guatemala struggles with government corruption and human trafficking. It is also the country of origin of a large part of the migrants who cross the US-Mexico border.
Taiwan would have covered the cost of the contract, as Guatemala is one of the poorest countries in Central America and one of the few that still recognizes Taiwan, rather than the People’s Republic of China, as the legitimate government of China. .
Ballard Partners has been one of the Sunshine State’s biggest lobbying firms for years and has quickly become one of Washington’s biggest since expanding after the former president was elected. donald trump.
At the beginning of 2019, the firm opened a branch of public relations providing media relations and public affairs advice in addition to lobbying services.
It has expanded its footprint in recent years, most recently opening a branch in Boston. It has also established itself as one of the leading bipartisan companies operating in the nation’s capital by hiring experienced Democratic agents.
O’Hanlon, for example, is the founder of one of Washington’s most successful Democratic lobbying firms. He joined Ballard Partners in October 2021.