PR Firm’s Undisclosed Work for Ecuadorian Government Raises Legal Questions

Protestors throw balloons and wave multicolour flags to protest against Chevron

A New York City-based public relations firm touted the government of Ecuador as a client last month despite not registering as a foreign agent with the Department of Justice, raising legal questions about its relationship.

The firm, MCSquared, promoted protests at a May shareholders meeting of oil giant Chevron, which has squared off with the administration of President Rafael Correa over a long-running environmental lawsuit in Ecuador.

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Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa / AP

Observers wondering who would assume the mantle of Hugo Chavez as Latin America’s fiery, anti-American strong man did not have to wait long. That man is Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.

Correa won a second term last February and promised to continue his “citizens’ revolution.” However, his record looks different beyond the rhetoric.