Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Saturday, March 18, 2017

WHO IS PAYING FOR THE AMERICAN CRISIS MANAGEMENT FIRM HIRED BY DOMINICA ?


 If you read the fine print, in the contract between the Commonwealth of Dominica, and the American crisis management firm, Mercury Public Affairs LLC, you know that the company is charging a fee of $30,000 a month. That's a lot of money to pay, for spin doctors, and Dominica can least afford such a hefty payment, each month, especially for a firm with no track record in the Caribbean political environment.

So who is actually paying the fees ? Some observers and commentators are betting that it is actually coming from one of the forms that profits from sending clients to Dominica's Citizenship by Investment (CBP) program, or maybe by one who refers clients to the country's under-the-table diplomatic citizenship scheme, which allows dodgy foreign nationals to acquire a diplomatic passport, to use as they please in international travel, including to facilitate the commission of financial crimes, or providing material support to state sponsors of terrorism.

If one of those sleazy firms that sends clients to Dominica's CBP, or diplomatic passport, programs, is supporting an American damage control/crisis management firm, by paying its fees, we wonder what benefits it will expect the Government of Dominica to confer, in return.

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