Ballard Partners, the firm headed by Brian Ballard, Donald Trump’s “longtime lobbyist” (as described by Politico) has been hired by Government of Turkey per the publication’s Marc Caputo. The Erdoğan government in Turkey has completely changed the direction of that country, turning the secular pro-western republic of Atatürk into an authoritarian theocracy in alliance with Saudi Arabia and other radical religious states. Turkey now cracks down on press freedom and continues to be a violator of human rights (this does in fairness predate Erdoğan’s tenure).
UPDATE: FOOTAGE OF THE ANTI-ERDOGAN PROTESTS FROM VOA:
Despite everything, Erdoğan appears however to be a favorite of Donald Trump who congratulated the Turkish virtual-dictator on his electoral victory last month when he was able to secure additional constitutional powers. Michael Flynn, the disgraced former National Security Adviser for Trump earned reportedly earned over $500,000 in money lobbying for interests tied to Erdoğan. Robert Wexler, a former Democratic Congressman from Palm Beach County who once had close ties to Ballard’s sister Mary McCarty when she was a Palm Beach Commissioner and chair of the local Republican Party will serve according to Caputo as the principal on the account. McCarty eventually resigned from office in disgrace and served jail time.
TURKEY TAPS LONGTIME TRUMP LOBBYIST: Brian Ballard, President Donald Trump’s longtime lobbyist, just inked a high-profile contract of $1.5 million with Turkey, adding to Ballard Partners’ trifecta of international clients, including the Dominican Republic and the Socialist Party of Albania. Former Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) will represent the firm’s highest profile foreign client, reports POLITICO’s Marc Caputo. Previously, PI reported Wexler is new to lobbying and is still serving as president of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace.
Last week on a state visit to Washington, Erdoğan’s bodyguards beat up protesters – an unprecedented act on foreign soil and an action that could be interpreted as a violation of American sovereignty but yet now Turkey is complaining about the US handling of the situation. President Trump has already proven a lapdog for Erdoğan, so it is entirely possible the US will apologize for this “incident.”
As we have reported in the past, Ballard Partners has cultivated ties with the Florida Democratic Party and the Managing Partner of the Tampa office for the firm was on the FDP payroll in Q1 2017. Now the firm has opted to represent Erdoğan’s oppressive regime which creates a very uncomfortable look.