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Brian Ballard lands another big lobbying contract

Firm will represent the U.S. interests of Qatar.
Brian Ballard at his Washington office in 2017 (Alex Leary | Times)
Brian Ballard at his Washington office in 2017 (Alex Leary | Times)
Published Apr. 3, 2018
Updated Apr. 3, 2018

WASHINGTON – Trump-connected lobbyist Brian Ballard has landed another big contract, signing a deal to represent the interests of Qatar as it looks to invest billions in the U.S.

Ballard Partners signed the $175,000-a-month deal with the Embassy of Qatar last week, and filed under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The focus will be on Qatar's Florida interests.

The Arab country on Wednesday is hosting the "Qatar-US Economic Forum" at the Four Seasons in Miami, featuring "in-depth panel discussions of new business and investment opportunities."

Ballard has quickly emerged as a heavyweight in Washington given his ties to Trump, which formed years ago in Florida. His firm is lobbying on behalf of a number of foreign governments as well as scores of domestic interests.

READ MORE: How Florida lobbyist Brian Ballard is turning close ties to Trump into big business