Monday, November 11, 2013
Egypt turns to K Street after U.S. aid cut
Egypt turns to K Street after U.S. aid cut
By Kevin Bogardus - 10/12/13 03:42 AM EDT
The Egyptian government has returned to K Street.
The Glover Park Group has been hired by Egypt to “provide public diplomacy, strategic communications counsel and government relations services" for the country's government, according to documents obtained by The Hill. The lobby and communications firm filed those records with the Justice Department on Friday.
The move by Egypt to sign up one of Washington’s most prominent influence shops ends its K Street exile. Egypt last had lobbyists in its employ more than a year ago when it parted ways with the PLM Group — made up of Podesta Group, the Livingston Group and the Moffett Group — in January 2012.
Since protesters first packed Cairo’s Tahrir Square more than two years ago, Egypt has been in political turmoil. The interim government’s recent violent crackdown on its opponents led the United States this week to suspend some of its foreign aid to Egypt — including proposed sales of F-16 fighter jets, M1 Abrams tanks and Apache attack helicopters as well as about $260 million in cash assistance.
“As a result of the review directed by President Obama, we have decided to maintain our relationship with the Egyptian government, while recalibrating our assistance to Egypt to best advance our interests,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement Wednesday.
Glover Park plans to help Egypt back into the United States’ good graces. The firm’s work “will include communications associated with the Government’s implementation of its Road Map to build the institutions of an inclusive democratic state through parliamentary and presidential elections,” according to Justice records.
Further, Glover Park will support the Egyptian government’s communications “with U.S. government officials, business community, non-governmental audiences and the media” as well as help with “fostering and facilitating exchanges between the U.S. and Egypt.”
The records are dated this Friday and are signed by Joel Johnson, Glover Park’s managing director. Johnson is a former senior aide to President Bill Clinton and ex-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.).
The terms of the firm’s contract with Egypt have not been determined yet but Glover Park plans to file that agreement on a later date.
Glover Park’s own research shows that Egypt’s image could use some polishing in the United States. In July, the firm issued an analysis of U.S. polls on foreign policy — including one showing Egypt’s favorability in America had dropped 18 points since 2010.
Glover Park is one of K Street’s more experienced shops in representing foreign governments and politicians. Justice records show that the firm has advocated in the past for the governments of Colombia, Georgia and South Korea among others.
The firm also lobbies for some of America’s biggest companies, such as Apple, Coca-Cola and Lockheed Martin. Glover Park has made roughly $3.6 million in lobbying fees so far this year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Glover Park Group
Howard Wolfson was a partner at the Glover Park Group, and is married to Terri McCullough.
Note: Terri McCullough is married to Howard Wolfson, and Nancy Pelosi’s chief of staff.
Nancy Pelosi’s chief of staff is Terri McCullough, the minority leader for the U.S. House of Representatives, her deputy chief of staff was Cecile Richards, and invited to George Soros 2013 wedding reception.
Pelosi Statement on Latest Developments in Egypt
July 3, 2013
Cecile Richards was Nancy Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, and is the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Elizabeth Engel is a lobbyist for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and a managing director for the Glover Park Group.
Glover Park Group is the lobby firm for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank).
George Soros is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, and Nancy Pelosi was invited to his 2013 wedding reception.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank), and the Brookings Institution (think tank).
Melanie Nathanson was a senior health policy analyst for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and a lobbyist for the Glover Park Group.
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP was the lobby firm for the Glover Park Group.
James F. Collins was a senior advisor at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, and is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank).
Jessica Tuchman Mathews is the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank), a director at the American Friends of Bilderberg (think tank), was an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).
Ed Griffin’s interview with Norman Dodd in 1982
(The investigation into the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace uncovered the plans for population control by involving the United States in war)
Vernon E. Jordan Jr. is an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), a senior counsel for Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, Valerie B. Jarrett’s great uncle, a director at the American Friends of Bilderberg (think tank), and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).
Valerie B. Jarrett is Vernon E. Jordan Jr’s great niece, the senior adviser for the Barack Obama administration, and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Commercial Club of Chicago, Members Directory
Please note: This link for the members of the Commercial Club of Chicago can no longer be found.
Cyrus F. Freidheim Jr. is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank).
Donald F. McHenry is an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a director at the Coca-Cola Company.
Richard M. Daley is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and a director at the Coca-Cola Company.
Glover Park Group is the lobby firm for the Coca-Cola Company.
Curt Ferguson is a division president for the Coca-Cola Company, and a governor for the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt.
Coca-Cola Company is an investor in U.S. investors in Egypt.
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