The Podesta Group got the account.
It’s the first lobbying contract for the post-Saddam Hussein Iraq. The country faces a number of significant challenges in D.C. — including repairing a somewhat strained relationship with the Obama administration in the aftermath of a failure to come to an agreement on a status of forces agreement in 2011.
The Iraqi government is also in the market for a PR firm. Finalists include Edelmen, LEVICK, and APCO Worldwide, among others, according to a source familiar with the government’s thinking.