Bashagha signs $300k PR deal with US firm

Bashagha signs $300k PR deal with US firm

Former Interior Minister, Fathi Bashagha, signed late last month a new lobbying deal with the American firm BGR Group, which is worth 300,000 U.S. dollars in accumulated value, after his last contract with Brownstein Hyatt was abruptly terminated days after signing it for unknown reasons.

BGR Group filed a report on September to the U.S. Justice Department, in order to formally register Bashagha as a client under the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) for a six-month contract and a monthly retainer of 50,000 U.S. dollars.

According to the filling, Bashagha signed a deal with the U.S. firm on August 20 to “engage in political activities that may include relevant outreach to U.S. government officials, non-government organizations, members of the media and other individuals within the U.S.”

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The documents state that these activities may include “public relations activity, government relations activity, meetings and briefings with U.S. government officials, communications with members of the U.S. media, and the dissemination of informational materials.”

Unlike his former arrangement with Brownstein Hyatt, Bashagha publicly acknowledged the BGR Group deal.

“Happy to work with BGR Group to draw attention to the need for US support for the presidential and parliamentary elections in December 2021,” he state via Twitter last Thursday.

“I look forward to visiting the USA soon to discuss the importance of the December elections with stakeholders,” he added.

It is noteworthy that Bashagha has been widely reported as a candidate for an upcoming presidential election in Libya.