Lobbying firm drops contract with Maduro government

Lobbying firm drops contract with Maduro government

Law and lobbying firm Foley & Lardner will no longer represent Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s administration following blowback, The Associated Press first reported.

Inspector General Reinaldo Muñoz, who is the Maduro government’s top lawyer, hired Foley & Lardner this month on a $12.5 million contract to help ease U.S. sanctions. Sources told the AP on Thursday that the firm was withdrawing from the contract.

The move comes after Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) wrote a letter to the firm on Tuesday about the contract and pledged to not meet with their lobbyists or anyone who contracts with the firm on this matter as long as they represent Maduro. 

“No business in the United States should have any contact with Maduro’s government, let alone willingly take money to lobby on its behalf,” the letter read.

The lobbying work included “developing a strategy to approach the U.S. Government in support of delisting the Foreign Principal or other parties subject to U.S. economic sanctions due to their connections to the Republic,” according to the registration.

Foley & Lardner had hired Sonoran Policy Group to help with the work on a $2 million contract. The firm is run by Robert Stryk, who was an unpaid adviser on the West Coast for President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press MORE’s 2016 campaign.