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The Usual Suspects: ALBA’s favorite lobbyist

Wave some bloodstained cash around and the usual suspects will crawl out for a taste.

Via Capitol Hill Cubans:

ALBA's Favorite Lobbyist

After being outed last month for unregistered lobbying activities, two New York-based PR firms -- MCSquared and Fitzgibbon Media -- have filed documents with the U.S. Department of Justice admitting to their representation of Rafael Correa's government in Ecuador.

For these PR efforts, the Ecuadorian government paid over $6.4 million.

So who does Correa now hire to do damage control (from its original damage control)?

Former U.S. Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-MA).

According to new documents filed, Delahunt will help the Correa government coordinate “meetings with U.S. government officials and assisting with media efforts, aimed at enhancing the U.S.-Ecuadorian relationship and raising issues of importance to Ecuador as they relate to bilateral U.S.-Ecuador relation.”

Delahunt is known for his close relationship with former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, Nicolas Maduro and Cuba's Castro brothers.

He's previously come under criticism for his activities on behalf of the Venezuelan government.

Most recently, Delahunt has led a lobbying effort seeking U.S. approval of products from Castro's Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CGEB).

If ALBA is in trouble, call Delahunt to the rescue.

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