The top strategist for John Kasich’s presidential campaign in 2016 has registered as a foreign agent and plans to lobby against potential sanctions on Russia, Politico reported.

John Weaver signed a contract last month to lobby on behalf of the Tenam Corporation, a subsidiary of Rosatom, the Russian state-owned nuclear energy company.

He will lobby Congress and the Trump administration on “sanctions or other restrictions in the area of atomic (nuclear) energy, trade or cooperation involving in any way the Russian Federation,” according to a disclosure filing, Politico reported.

The six-month contract is worth $350,000, plus expenses, with an option to extend if necessary, Politico reported. 

Weaver  served as Kasich’s chief strategist during his 2016 presidential campaign and has continued to advise him. He told the Associated Press in February that Kasich was leaning toward challenging President Donald Trump in the GOP primary.


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