Nick Muzin and Joey Allaham launch public affairs consulting firm

05 September 2018 3 min. read
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Stonington Global, a new public affairs consultancy, will be opening its doors in NYC and Washington, DC. Headed by a powerhouse duo with extensive experience in political strategy, lobbying, and business, the firm will provide services ranging from investment strategy to cybersecurity.

Political consultants Nick Muzin and Joey Allaham have launched a new public affairs consulting firm named Stonington Global LLC. With offices in New York and Washington, DC, the firm provides services to domestic and global clients in the areas of lobbying, procurement, and public affairs. The firm will also help investors – including sovereign wealth funds – identify opportunities in the US and abroad. Further offerings will include cybersecurity, election strategy, defense procurement, and government consulting.

Co-Founder Nick Muzin has deep connections with high-ranking Republicans, having served as the Chief of Staff to two current Senators, Director of Coalitions for the House Republican Majority, and Senior Advisor to multiple Ted Cruz campaigns. Muzin also worked on Trump's presidential campaign, as well as on the Transition Team that recruited candidates for the new administration. The New York Times has called Muzin one of ‘Washington’s most influential deal-makers.’

Meanwhile, Allaham brings years of experience from the New York hospitality, real estate, and finance industries. Born in Syria and fluent in Arabic, Allaham is ‘connected to top decision-makers throughout the Middle East,’ according to his bio on the Stonington website. Allaham will head the firm’s New York office.Nick Muzin and Joey Allaham launch public affairs consulting firmThe new firm will leverage their close connections with politicians and business leaders, while offering access to top lobbyists and PR specialists in Washington. Clients will benefit from the leaders’ working experience and relationships with members of the Senate, House, and all federal agencies. As such, the firm can offer political know-how and connections to the currently constituted White House and Congress.

Muzin and Allaham built a high level of caché from their recent work for Qatar. As part of an increased lobbying effort from the embattled Gulf state, Muzin and Allaham compiled a list of 250 Trump influencers to help favorably change US policy for Qatar. The list included Alan Dershowitz, Mike Huckabee, NYC developer Steve Witkoff, and radio host John Batchelor. The pair’s lobbying effort culminated in stronger US-Qatari relations, and a meeting between President Trump and the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani.

The new firm’s ‘About Us’ page states that Michael Flynn will be joining the firm as Director of Global Strategy, responsible for the firm’s business development and strategic consulting on military and peacekeeping activities. On July 10, numerous news outlets reported that Flynn’s legal team stated that he was not actually a part of the firm, and that Stonington’s statements regarding him joining the consultancy, and quotes attributed to him, were the result of a ‘misunderstanding.’ Flynn’s lawyers say he didn’t intend for the statements to be issued at the time they were.

"We cannot comment on General Flynn's considerations about the timing of the announcement, but we have faith in his patriotism and long history of service to our country. We look forward to working together," Muzin said in response to Flynn’s legal team.

Flynn is currently awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about his contact with Russian officials during the presidential transition, at which time he was Trump’s national security adviser. Flynn’s sentencing has been repeatedly delayed as he continues to co-operate with the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.