China Lobby, U.S. Intelligence:

The Washington Post reported July 12 that PFIAB Chairman Langdon “met last winter with investment bankers in China to help secure his law firm’s role in lobbying† for CNOOC in its bid to take over Unocal. “Langdon met with CNOOC’s investment banking partner, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., in February, marshalling a long friendship with Beijing-based Goldman executive William Wicker to help win his firm’s lobbying contract, Akin Gump officials confirmed,† the Post reported. “They say he recused himself in late March from further involvement in the matter, either for Akin Gump or the PFIAB.† The National Journal reported that Akin Gump partner Daniel Spiegel, who is handling the account, said that CNOOC chose his firm “because we have tremendous expertise in the energy area.† Speigel would not tell the magazine how much money the Chinese-government-controlled company is paying the firm. “We aren’t disclosing the value at this point,† he said.