Ballard Partners, which has close ties with the Trump White House, has inked a $600K one-year contract to promote “free and fair elections” in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Brian Ballard, a top Republican fundraiser, chaired the Trump Victory organization in Florida during the 2016 presidential campaign. He also led the Sunshine State’s campaigns of John McCain and Mitt Romney.
Ballard Partners, which opened a D.C. office earlier this year, is to provide “strategic consulting and advocacy services” to the Group of Seven political coalition regarding its pitch to Washington.
DRC president Joseph Kabila, who has been in power since 2001, booted G7 representatives from the government for voicing opposition to his continued rule.
Kabila was supposed to leave office by the end of 2016, but a new election date has not been set for the nation of more than 70 million people.
BP also will make G7’s case before the United Nations about its return to the Congo and ability to participate in the electoral process.
— Via Kevin McCauley of O’Dwyers.