San Diego government officials, set on building a new freight-oriented border crossing with Mexico in east Otay Mesa, want higher-ups in Mexico to pressure the United States to proceed with the project, and they’re prepared to pay good money. That’s the word from a February 9 request for proposals from lobbyists issued by SANDAG, the San Diego Association of Governments.
“SANDAG is looking for a firm or individual(s) that have demonstrated expertise and experience to provide the combination of skills and qualifications necessary to effectively interact with Congress; the Executive branch of the United States government; and other Departments of the United States Government,” says the document. “The selected firm or individual(s) also will represent and effectively advocate the interests of SANDAG for this Project to the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C. and counterpart agencies in Mexico.”
The chosen influence peddler, to be paid between $140,000 to $180,000, will “provide strategic advice for outreach efforts with federal, state and local governments in Mexico, including a strategy to leverage Mexico’s influence on U.S. federal agencies to acquire support for the project.”