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

Firm with ties to Correa regime fails to notify DOJ of US advocacy and PR efforts
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.

D.C. Lobbying Firm to Pay Chevron $15M

Latest blow to efforts to enforce judgment against oil company
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Prominent Washington, D.C., lobbying firm Patton Boggs has agreed to pay Chevron $15 million in a settlement announced on Wednesday, the latest blow to efforts to enforce a multibillion dollar judgment against the oil company that critics have decried as fraudulent.

The Five Worst Things About Ecuador

President Rafael Correa tops list
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.

Ecuadorian President Lashes Out at Free Beacon

Disputes Free Beacon report detailing government’s ties to firm abusing intellectual property protections
Ecuador's President Rafael Correa / AP

Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa lashed out at the Washington Free Beacon over the weekend, accusing it of being in hock to oil company Chevron, which is engaged in a legal battle involving alleged environmental damage in the South American nation.

Oil Company: Ecuadorian Government is Abusing Copyright Law

Chevron says Ecuador is using copyright laws to muffle charges of corruption
Chevron Ecuador

A Spanish company with ties to the Ecuadorian government is abusing copyright infringement claims to censor communications by oil company Chevron that allege corruption by the administration of Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, the company claimed on Thursday.

Chevron CEO Says Key to Energy Independence Is Non-Traditional Fossil Fuels

Cites need to approve Keystone XL pipeline, amongst other infrastructure projects
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Chevron CEO John Watson said the key to American energy independence lies in the Dakotas, Pennsylvania, and other states ripe with non-traditional fossil fuels during a Tuesday speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Public Citizen, Greenpeace Target Chevron

Left-wing activists follow through on post-election pledges to target major GOP donors
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A consortium of environmental and consumer advocacy groups filed a Federal Elections Commission complaint Tuesday alleging that oil giant Chevron violated pay-to-play laws when it donated $2.5 million to the Congressional Leadership Fund, a “super” political action committee tied to House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio).

Borat, Chuck Hagel, and an Oil Company Walk into a Bar

Defense nominee Chuck Hagel’s ties to Kazakhstan, Chevron, Atlantic Council under fire
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When Kazakhstan’s riot police slaughtered dozens of striking oil field workers last year, Atlantic Council affiliate Joshua Foust rushed to discredit the reports.