US lobbying: DRC’s Fayulu and Katumbi campaign in rematch against Tshisekedi

In depth
This article is part of the dossier: Africa’s Top 10 lobbying operations in Washington, D.C

By Julian Pecquet
Posted on Thursday, 3 February 2022 12:04, updated on Wednesday, 23 February 2022 16:03

US President Joe Biden talks with DRC's President Felix Tshiseked
US President Joe Biden talks with DRC's President Felix Tshisekedi in Rome, Italy October 30, 2021. Erin Schaff/Pool via REUTERS

Call it déjà vu all over again. DRC's last presidential election had sparked a pricey three-way lobbying battle between Félix Tshisekedi, Martin Fayulu and Moise Katumbi as each candidate sought to get the US in his corner. Now all three of them are back at it as next year’s rematch shapes up to be another lucrative opportunity for the influence industry.

Fayulu is the most recent candidate to re-enter the US arena. A lobby filing made public this week reveals that the leader of the opposition party Engagement for Citizenship and Development hired a brand-new Washington advocacy firm, Future Pact LLC, for outreach to US policymakers, think tanks and media.

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