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• INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT. In an effort to gain U.S. support for a recovery plan to benefit Ukraine’s war-torn economy, Oleksandr Chalyi, the former first deputy foreign minister of Ukraine, and Serhiy Taruta, a member of Ukraine’s parliament, recently hired a consultant in the United States. J. Tedrowe Bonner, who has a firm called the Rubicon Seven, will be urging the U.S. government to support a “large-scale development and humanitarian aid plan,” according to documents filed to the Justice Department. The contracts are verbal, disclosures say, and no dollar figures are given. 

• FOREIGN AFFAIRS. Public relations firm Conover + Gould Strategic Communications received a $100,000 per month cut of a larger contract to work for the government of Qatar, which is currently feuding with its neighbors in the Middle East in addition to the largest U.S. airlines. The contract is to help “promote the strategic partnership between the State of Qatar and the United States.” Countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have accused Qatar of funding terrorism and cut some of their ties. Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines have accused Qatar Airways of violating an agreement with the U.S. by being state-owned.

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• TRADE. Corn Refiners Association hired AJW, Inc., to lobby federal officials on trade issues relating to retaliatory tariffs from Mexico. Earlier this year, a World Trade Organization (WTO) arbitrator ruled in Mexico’s favor, saying that the imposition of the United States’ “dolphin friendly” labeling requirements for tuna put Mexico’s fishing industry at an unfair disadvantage. Following the win, Mexico said it was considering making high-fructose corn syrup imports from the U.S. a target. The WTO is reviewing the allegations again this summer to see if problems have been solved. 

• BORDER WALL. Remitly, Inc., a money-transferring service company, hired the tech lobbying firm Franklin Square Group to advocate against a legislative proposal that would impose a fee on “remittance transfers to certain foreign countries,” taking aim at a way immigrants send money to their home countries.