The political situation right now in Honduras is sticky, to say the least. And the Honduran government has hired well connected D.C. agency Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates help out, via a four-month contract worth more than $290,000, reports The Hill. According to Justice Department documents, the agency will, “advance the level of communication, awareness and media/policy maker attention about the political situation in Honduras.”
Ousted President Manuel Zelaya has returned to Honduras recently, residing at the Brazilian embassy, after being removed from the country on June 28th, 2009. Yesterday, the Honduran government gave the Brazilians 10 days to decide what to do with Mr. Zelaya. Meanwhile, military has been surrounding the embassy since Zelaya’s return and a nationwide curfew is costing the country $50 million a day.
Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates executives handling the account include Mike Buttry, former chief of staff to former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), and Sharon Castillo, a spokeswoman for President George W. Bush‘s 2004 reelection campaign.
Additional Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates past and present clients include ABC Television, Hyundai, Pfizer and the governments of Mexico, Columbia, Brazil, and Peru, among others.