Qorvis Communications

Profile: Qorvis Communications

1- Name of NGO:

Qorvis Communications

2- Brief & Mission:

Qorvis, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a global agency specializing in public relations, advertising, media relations, and crisis communications. 

Notably, this firm has maintained a longstanding partnership with the Saudi Arabian government. Established by Petruzzello in 2000, Qorvis has remained intricately linked to the Saudi government’s activities since the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Throughout its history, this agency has been instrumental in supporting the Saudi government’s initiatives, including ensuring ongoing U.S. military backing, evading accountability for Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, and obscuring the truth about Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Furthermore, Qorvis has been implicated in presenting a distorted picture of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, collaborating with entities that seek to downplay the government’s human rights violations.

3- Bias, Agenda & Motivation:

While numerous public relations firms terminated their engagements with the Kingdom in the wake of the brutal slaying and dismemberment of Washington Post columnist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi, Qorvis maintained its position, asserting its intention to await the complete revelation of facts. Despite the subsequent emergence of these details and the U.S. intelligence community’s determination that Saudi agents, acting on the orders of Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, bore responsibility for the heinous torture and assassination, Qorvis chose to retain its affiliation with the Saudi government.

4- Links to Governments/Political Agenda:

Presently, Qorvis upholds a platform on its website aimed at “informing” the United States about Saudi Arabia. However, this endeavor involves the manipulation of information, as it selectively portrays the government’s dire human rights record both domestically and internationally. This situation underscores the direct ties between the Saudi Arabian government monarchy and Qorvis.

5- Sources of Funding:

Starting from 2001, Qorvis has garnered an exceptional sum, surpassing that of any other lobbyist or public relations firm engaged with the Saudi government. The staggering amount reaches $124,096,489.62.

6- Activities:

In the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Qorvis orchestrated a campaign that misled hundreds of U.S. combat veterans into lobbying against the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA). The Saudi government’s opposition to JASTA stemmed from its potential to enable families of 9/11 victims to seek civil reparations from Saudi Arabia, alleging its involvement in the attacks. Under Qorvis’s guidance, the Saudi government harnessed the veterans’ influence as sympathetic advocates to counterbalance the voices of 9/11 victims’ families. Operating through Qorvis, the Saudi government financially supported these veterans, facilitating their visits to Washington, DC, and their advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill against JASTA.

Not all of the members of the Qorvis team supported Qorvis’ decision to represent Saudi Arabia; three of the firm’s founding partners quit the firm on December 4, 2002 because of their ethical concerns about working for the Saudi government in the wake of the 9/11 attack on our homeland.

7- NGO Leadership:

Matt J. Lauer is serving as CEO of Qorvis. 

.8- Controversy:

Qorvis has also engaged in lobbying efforts on behalf of the Saudi government to enhance its image subsequent to its ill-fated military involvement in Yemen in 2015. This approach involved deliberate distortions and omissions concerning Saudi Arabia’s illicit wartime actions. Part of this strategy involved managing the communication efforts of a Saudi “humanitarian organization,” financially backed by the Saudi government, which purportedly focuses on disarming landmines in Yemen. Strikingly absent from this narrative, however, is any acknowledgment of the Saudi government’s profound humanitarian impact resulting from its military intervention in Yemen.

9- Contact Details:

  • Website:http://qorvis.com/
  • Address:USA
  • Email: info@qorvis.com

10- Classification/Blacklist:

By persistently advancing the Saudi government’s agenda, Qorvis Communications is actively involved in endorsing and gaining advantages from the Saudi government’s acts of human rights violations and breaches of international humanitarian law. Consequently, the firm has earned a blacklisting due to its affiliations with the KSA government.

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