BANGKOK: Thailand's military-controlled government reportedly has hired an undisclosed PR firm in DC to burnish its image.
Reuters and other outlets report that the government plans to spend $55,000 a month on PR directed at US audiences, in part to counter allegations by the group USA for Innovation (USAI) that Thailand is violating international law by approving generic manufacturing of patented medicines.
USAI is led by Ken Adelman, who does unrelated consulting work for Edelman. In a $50,000-per-month deal, Edelman until recently represented Thaksin Shinawatra, Thailand's exiled ex-prime minister ousted by its military.
Edelman declined comment. This past October, the Thai government hired strategic communications firm T. Dean Reed Co. for $10,000 a month, according to a Justice Department filing.