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Alston & Bird LLP signed a $35,000 per month deal with Ketchum Inc. to represent the Russian Federation. Both Maniatis and Alston & Bird did not respond to messages.
Not all of the post-Election Day registrations are for existing governments. BKSH & Associates filed in January to represent Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr Al Qasimi, crown prince and deputy ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, in the United Arab Emirates, a position he held for more than 40 years until 2003, according to the Sheikhs personal Web site.
Now living in London, Al Qasimi is paying BKSH $30,000 per month, in part, for executive branch monitoring and liaison, according to FARA documents filed Jan. 29. Al Qasimi paid for numerous ads in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Roll Call and other publications congratulating Obama after the election.
The sheiks interest and focus is really on continuing the work he did when he was in office and developing a strong relationship with the United States, said Al Qasimi spokesman Chris Lehane, a partner in the PR shop Fabiani & Lehane. He had a particular interest in promoting a sustainable future from an environmental perspective in the Middle East, promoting education exchange programs, economic relationships and strategic relationships.