BNP hired the services of a lobbying firm in the United States ahead of the general elections, reports US portal ‘Politico’ quoting a disclosure by the Department of Justice.
According to the report, Abdul Sattar of BNP hired Blue Star Strategies and Rasky Partners to lobby the Trump administration on its behalf ahead of parliamentary elections in Bangladesh.
“Blue Star Strategies will engage in message development and narrative; outreach to elected and appointed US Executive Branch officials; outreach to US Congress; International Financial, Health, Labor, Human Rights, Women’s Empowerment and Election Monitoring Organisations; Public Policy Institutions in the US; former US officials and ambassadors; the private sector and diaspora community,” it said citing the Justice Department disclosure.
The contract with Blue Star is worth $20,000 a month in August and $35,000 a month for the rest of the year.
Rasky Partners is working as a subcontractor to Blue Star and will receive payments worth $10,000 a month in August and $15,000 a month for the rest of the year.
However, no official announcement has yet been made from BNP.
Standing Committee Member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, however, dismissed reports that the BNP has turned to lobbyists.
Karen Tramontano, chief executive officer at Blue Star Strategies, was the deputy chief of staff of former President Bill Clinton. John Podesta, chief operative officer at the firm, was once a senior adviser to Clinton.
In the report, Politico mentioned the name of Abdul Sattar who has no link with the BNP.