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The "high-stakes public-relations campaign" the Chinese state-controlled oil and gas company CNOOC launched "to focus its bid for U.S. energy producer Unocal on shareholder value and away from politics" has hit a snag. Representative Frank Wolf (R-Va.) sent a "strongly worded letter" to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld, expressing dismay that they're representing CNOOC. "During the presidency of Ronald Reagan, no major law firm or lobbying organization would have represented the Soviet Union if it had tried to take over an American oil company," Wolf wrote. Akin Gump responded that lawmakers "should not be surprised" by its CNOOC work. In addition, Wolf is concerned that Bush intelligence adviser and Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board chair James Langdon "reportedly helped Akin Gump - where he also works as an energy lawyer - land the lobbying job for CNOOC." CNOOC has retained Public Strategies Inc., for its "general media plan."
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