Saudi Arabia's client roster

A rundown of the firms that have represented Saudi Arabia's government, according to FARA filings and other documents.

Photo credit: Getty images
Photo credit: Getty images

CGCN Group
Client: Saudi Embassy (Originally subcontracted by Glover Park Group, but started own relationship with Saudi Arabia in 2018)
Reporting to: Sami Al-Sadhan, deputy chief of mission
The work: Federal legislative advocacy and related services
Length of relationship: February 1, 2018 -- January 31, 2019
Budget: $45,000 per month

Qorvis MSLGroup
Client: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Reporting to: Adel Al-Jubeir, minister of foreign affairs
Budget: Monthly retainer of $279,500, with occasional events management and research projects on an expense basis
Length of relationship: Since November 14, 2001

Portland PR
Client: Alwaleed Philanthropies
The work: Supported the nonprofit at the 73d U.N. General Assembly in 2018
Length of relationship: September 18 -- October 3, 2018
Budget: A fee of £4,365, or roughly $5,600

Glover Park Group
Client: Saudi Embassy
Reporting to: Adel Al-Jubeir, minister of foreign affairs
The work: Comms and government relations counsel, legislative and public policy, and media-related activities of interest
Length of relationship: September 20, 2016 -- December 31, 2018 (Ended prematurely)
Budget: $150,000 per month retainer

BGR Group
Client: Embassy of Saudi Arabia
Reporting to: Sami Al-Sadhan, deputy chief of mission
The work: Strategic government affairs and PR counsel, particularly on how to strengthen ties between Saudi Arabia and the U.S.
Length of relationship: February 21 -- October 16, 2018 (Ended prematurely)
Budget: $80,000 per month

Client: Center for Studies and Media Affairs at the Saudi Royal Court
Reporting to: Saud A. Al Qahtani, president of the Center for Studies and Media Affairs at the Saudi Royal Court
The work: PR and media management
Length of relationship: August 20, 2015 -- October 19, 2015 (initial contract). "BGR’s connection to this foreign principal was transferred to the embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as of August 3, 2018," according to an amendment.
Budget: $500,000 a year

FleishmanHillard
Client: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
The work: Supported the university since the project was announced in 2007. Its most recent work included efforts to support a Saudi-U.S. innovation forum at MIT on March 27, 2018.
Length of relationship: Original contract from February 2007 to January 2010; started work for the university again on March 7, 2018.
Budget: Total budget of $300,000 for most recent contract; paid $132,050 in fees, according to one supplemental statement.

Gladstone Place Partners
Client: NEOM (Public Investment Authority)
Reporting to: Klaus Kleinfeld
The work: PR and comms support for NEOM
Length of relationship: January 2018 -- October 2018; contract scheduled to run through July 2019 was terminated. Gladstone terminated its status as a registrant on FARA on October 11.
Budget: $199,500

Daniel J. Edelman Holdings
Client: Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority
Reporting to: Justin King, advisor
The work: Media and stakeholder, editorial content development
Length of relationship: April 27, 2017 -- May 4, 2017; Middle East business supported until December 2017, according to DJE spokesperson.
Budget: $10,600 in fees, according to a supplemental statement

SAPRAC and Salman Al-Ansari
Client: Muslim World League
The work: PR counsel
Work began: May 29, 2018
Budget: $35,000

SouthFive Strategies
Client: Muslim World League, subcontracted by SAPRAC
Reporting to: SAPRAC
The work: Support the Muslim World League conference in New York
Date acquired: September 27
Budget: Retainer fee of $38,000 in two installments delivered on October 4 and October 19, 2018

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Client: Embassy of Saudi Arabia
Reporting to: Ambassador Prince Khalid bin Salman Abdulaziz
The work: Provide legal advice to the foreign principal for proposed legislation and specific advocacy assignments
Start date: Contract executed August 29 -– October 18, 2018. Was terminated.
Budget: Flat fee of $250,000, payable in full on August 29.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Clients: Ministry of Economy and Planning and the National Center for Privatization, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Reporting to: Turk A. Al Hokall, CEO of the National Center of Privatization
The work: "Plan of strategic communication and marketing for the National Center for Privatization"
Budget: 7.5 million Saudi Riyal
Fees: $179,188.75 for professional services and consulting, $337,779.39 for expenses incurred by the kingdom
Date: December 1, 2017 -- May 31, 2018
Length of relationship: Hill+Knowlton Strategies has represented the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and entities such as the Ministry of Culture and Information and the General Sports Authority in stints dating back as far as 1982.

Churchill Ripley
Client: General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia
Reporting to: Princess Reema bint Bandar al Saud
The work: U.S. point of contact for all GSA-related partnerships, support events, identify opportunities for positive positioning
Start date: January 25 -- July 31, 2018
Budget: $22,000 monthly; receipt of $66,000 paid on July 31 by Thiqah Business Services. An additional $90,666 past due.

Fahad Nazer
Client: Embassy of KSA
Reporting to: Musab Al Saud
The work: PR and strategic comms, also field requests to write for media and think tanks on political, economic, and social developments in Saudi Arabia
Date Acquired: November 1, 2016
Budget: Fixed fee of $7,000 monthly

Capitol Media Group
Client: Foreign Ministry of Saudi Arabia
Reporting to: Abdullah ibn Faisal, ambassador
The work: Contact veterans interested in obtaining and providing information regarding the Justice Against Supporters of Terrorism Act and arrange meetings between them and members of Congress and staff.
Registration date: March 31, 2017
End date: Capitol Media Group has not reported when it terminated its relationship with the foreign ministry. It has not reported any additional work for the foreign ministry.
Budget: Reimbursement of travel and lodging expenses for each traveler, not to exceed $300 per traveler; service and administrative fee of $30,000 per group.

McKeon Group
Client: Embassy of Saudi Arabia
The work: Communications and government relations
Original contract: Originally subcontracted by Glover Park Group on November 15, 2017, reporting to Adel Al-Jubeir, minister of foreign affairs. That contract was fulfilled.
Current contract: McKeon signed a new contract with the embassy’s Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz in July for work to be completed between January 1 and December 31.
Budget: $50,000 monthly fee

Law Office of David B. Kultgen
Client: Ministry of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources
Reporting to: Ministry representative Dr. Turki Aithunayan; Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman al Saud, state minister for energy affairs
The work: Advise MEIM on agreement with the U.S. government required by Section 123 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 and related legal matters concerning the development of a commercial nuclear program within Saudi Arabia by the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy.
Start date: March 2018
Budget: $44,000 lump sum every month

King & Spalding
Client: MEIM (subcontracted by the Law Office of David B. Kultgen)
The work: Advise MEIM on agreement with the U.S. government required by section 123 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 and related legal matters concerning the development of a commercial nuclear program within Saudi Arabia by the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy.
Budget: $450,000 per month

Gowling WLG (Canada)/Cowling WLG (Canada)
Client: MEIM (subcontracted through King & Spalding)
Reporting to: Daniel Crosby, King & Spalding
The work: Advise MEIM on agreement with the U.S. government required by section 123 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 and related legal matters concerning the development of a commercial nuclear program within Saudi Arabia by the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy.
Budget: $66,000 monthly

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Client: MEIM (subcontracted by the law office of David B. Kultgen)
The work: Legal services around section 123 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 and the development of a commercial nuclear program within Saudi Arabia.
Start date: Email dated February 17
Budget: Blended rate of $890/hour

Hogan Lovells U.S.
Client: Saudi embassy
Reporting to: Prince Khalid bin Salman
The work: Legal counsel; advice on legislative, regulatory, and public policy activities of interest; counsel on media reports and public affairs developments
Start date: Email dated June 7; but has worked steadily for KSA since 2007
Budget: Retainer to be paid in quarterly installments: $375,000 for January 1 -- March 31, 2013; $375,000 for April 1 -- June 30, 2018; $375,000 for July 1 -- September 30, 2018; and $375,000 for October 1 -- December 31, 2018.

Hohlt Group Global/Richard Hohlt
Client: Saudi embassy/Government of Saudi Arabia
Reporting to: Adel Al-Jubeir, minister of foreign affairs
The work: Communications and government relations counsel
Year acquired: Sometime in 2016
Budget: paid more than $837,000 since 2017, according to the Center for Public Integrity

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Client: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Reporting to: Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz
The work: Policy counsel for JASTA
Date acquired: Contract signed July 18, 2018. Relationship ongoing.
Budget: $125,000 monthly fee

Martha Ann Burke
Client: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (subcontracted by Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck)
Reporting to: Adel Al-Jubeir, minister of foreign affairs
The work: Coordinate and facilitate meetings and strategy with Brownstein and client
Start date: January
Budget: Six-month contract, paid $1,500 a month

Arab Information Center
Clients: League of Arab States, ministry of foreign affairs
Start date: Registered as early as 1955
Budget: Supplemental statement: the center was paid $500,865.51 for the six-month period ending December 31, 2016.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Client: Public Investment Fund
Reporting to: Yasir bin Othman AI Rumayyan, managing director of the Public Investment Fund
The work: Legal advice and guidance on the Public Investment Fund’s engagement with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. and the U.S government
Start date: February
Budget: Fees capped at $535,000 until May 1

Squire Patton Boggs
Client: Center for Studies and Media Affairs at the Saudi Royal Court
Reporting to: H.E. Saud A. Al-Qahtani, director of Center for Studies and Media Affairs at the Saudi Royal Court
The work: Provide legal and strategic policy advice and advocacy for foreign policy
Start date: September 19, 2016 -- September 30, 2017. (The firm hasn’t reported terminating the relationship).
Budget: $100,000 monthly fee, plus expenses.

The Harbour Group
Client: Embassy of Saudi Arabia
Reporting to: Sami Al-Sadhan, deputy chief of mission
The work: Communications and PR services
Start Date: May 1, 2017 -- October 11, 2018 (Terminated)
Budget: $80,000 monthly fee

Brunswick Group
Client: ARAMCO
The work: Handling financial comms, media relations for planned IPO
Start date: 2017

Cohn & Wolfe
Client: Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, handling NEOM
The work: International PR
Start date: Listed as PR contact on press releases as recently as fall 2017

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