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Mercury re-ups Haiti contract, adds Coons ex-staffer

Mercury Public Affairs has signed a new contract with parent company Mercury International UK to represent the Haitian presidency while adding the former chief of staff to Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Chris Coons, D-Del., to the account.

The contract, dated May 21, covers the period of Jan. 6, 2020 to Jan. 5, 2021. New York-based Mercury is slated to provide “lobbying, public relations, and media relations services, including print, television, radio, and digital messaging and outreach to US media.”

Mercury has represented the office of President Jovenel Moise since February 2018. While the new contract does not specify fees, Mercury’s previous contract with Mercury International UK was for $4,690 per month.

Former Coons staffer Adam Bramwell, who joined Mercury as a managing director in the Washington office in late April, registered as a foreign agent on the Haiti account on May 26. He joins Zharina Arnaldo, Lucy Ann Dargahi, Rodney Emery, Graham Haile, Bryan Lanza, Morris Reid, Molly Toomey, Alexander Walker, Benjamin Westlake-Tritton and Louis Wilson on the account.

The new tract was signed by Mercury International UK’s Morris Reid and Mercury Public Affairs CEO Kieran Mahoney.

Separately, the government of Haiti is also represented by Dentons US and Johanna LeBlanc, while Sorini Samet & Associates lobbies for L’Association des Industries d’Haiti (ADIH), a non-profit organization representing Haitian manufacturers.