Salvadoran Government Taps New Washington Lobbyist in Pivot to Biden

El Salvador’s government awarded a $780,000 lobby contract to a three-week-old Washington company set up to promote investment as the country’s President Nayib Bukele seeks to pivot toward Joe Biden’s $4 billion development plan to stop the migration flow from Central America.

El Salvador’s government awarded a $780,000 lobby contract to a three-week-old Washington company set up to promote investment as the country’s President Nayib Bukele seeks to pivot toward Joe Biden’s $4 billion development plan to stop the migration flow from Central America.

The new entity called Invest El Salvador is the third to have registered as a foreign agent of the Salvadoran government since August, with contracts totaling over $1.6 million.

A Department of Justice filing pointed out that the new Washington firm will “inform the U.S. public, government officials, and the media about the importance of fostering strong dialogue between the U.S. and El Salvador, and promoting direct foreign investment.” 

The one-year contract, which has not been previously reported, was signed by a Bukele aide on November 5th.

Invest El Salvador’s sole employee and executive director is Brian Dean, a Latin American specialist who led the state of Florida’s efforts to expand trade in the region when Jeb Bush was governor. 

The firm’s board includes fellow Republican David Metzner, the managing partner of ACG Analytics, a political consulting company in Washington where Dean worked until now.


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