2010 Top Lobbyists

June 17, 2010


Tobyn Anderson, Lighthouse Consulting Group. Anderson and Lighthouse represent the United States Climate Action Partnership, a coalition of companies and environmental groups that support climate legislation. He has been a key adviser on Senate efforts to craft climate legislation.

Paul Bailey, The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. 
ACCCE was caught up in scandal when a subcontractor sent forged letters to House members opposing climate change legislation. But Bailey remains a well-regarded advocate for the industry.

Dan Boston, Health Policy Source. Boston, a former Republican staffer, has been on this list before. He is a wealth of information for his clients and can go deep into the weeds of healthcare policy while quickly assessing the politics of the moment.

Stephen Brown, Tesoro. Brown, a former Democratic staffer, has worked to get oil refiners a better deal in climate change legislation.

Peter Cleveland, Intel. He used to work for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), and then he jumped to Intel. Within a year, he’s gone from heading the Washington, D.C., office to being the head of public policy worldwide for the company.

Licy Do Canto, Raben Group. A rising star among Democratic healthcare lobbyists. As co-leader of the firm’s Health and Education Practice Group, Do Canto focuses on progressive causes such as strengthening public health programs for children and families. He’s been able to translate his Capitol Hill contacts and legislative experience attained as a former staffer for Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) into successful bipartisan consensus-building.

Lee Fuller, Independent Petroleum Association of America. Fuller and his group are fighting efforts in Congress to raise the liability cap on drilling accidents to $10 billion.

Tim Greeff, Clean Economy Network. Greeff coordinates the lobbying efforts of a group of clean energy companies trying to advance climate change legislation.

Micah Green, Patton Boggs. Green, former co-CEO of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), represents a wide range of financial interests in complicated products, such as derivatives and high-frequency trading.

Diane Harper and Jim Meltsner, Northrop Grumman. The two vice presidents of legislative affairs are the principle hired guns for the defense giant. Harper is the company’s House liaison while Meltsner is the Senate liaison.

Bob Helm, General Dynamics. Helm recently made the switch from Northrop Grumman to General Dynamics, where he now serves as the senior vice president for planning and development. The former Pentagon comptroller and Senate Budget staffer is overseeing General Dynamics’ lobbying activities together with Kendell Pease, who has had a hand in the company’s government affairs activities for a long time.

Mary Kay Henry, Service Employees International Union. The new president of the politically powerful union will play a pivotal role in the debate over comprehensive immigration reform and getting out the Democratic vote in midterm elections.

Michael Herson, American Defense International. Herson runs a successful defense-only consulting and lobby shop with good access to the Pentagon and Congress. Herson has a diverse background ranging from the Reagan White House to Pentagon personnel issues and base closures.

Fred Humphries, Microsoft. Humphries, a former House Democratic staffer, is a major player on K Street. His knowledge and connections will serve him well over the next year when Congress is expected to tackle a wide range of legislation on technology.

Richard Hunt, Consumer Bankers Association. Hunt was prominent in the regulatory debate as a new head of the association.

Rick Kessler and Steve Sayle, Dow Lohnes Government Strategies. Democrat Kessler and Republican Sayle both spent years as staffers on the Energy and Commerce Committee and are now building a rising lobbying practice downtown.

Pete Lawson, Ford Motor Co. Lawson has made a smooth transition from lobbying for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Ford, where he works alongside Ziad Ojakli.

Chuck Loveless, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Loveless has played a central role in Washington’s biggest healthcare debates. He negotiated with the administration and Democratic leaders to reduce the scope of the excise tax on high-cost insurance plans, reducing its impact on union families.

Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). Mierzwinski is a longtime consumer advocate, who loudly called for a new consumer financial protection agency.

David Moulton, The Wilderness Society. Moulton directs TWS’s climate efforts after spending years working as a staff aide on Capitol Hill. He last served as staff director and chief counsel of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

Marty Paone, Prime Policy Group. Paone is one of the foremost experts in Senate rules and procedure. Paone worked on the Senate floor for Democratic leadership from 1979 to 2008. Clients rely on him to explain the chamber’s arcane rules on second-degree amendments and what qualifies as germane during post-cloture debate.

Travis Plunkett, Consumer Federation of America. Plunkett has been a leading consumer advocate during the financial regulatory debate.

 Mark Rayder, Alston+Bird. During the health reform debate, he closely tracked, developed and promoted — and sometimes sought to challenge — taxation, payment, coverage and regulatory policies affecting such diverse clients as physicians groups and drug and device makers. His past work history with a physician specialty organization and as a House staffer, along with his campaign and grassroots experience, give him the deep insights into both politics and health policy that make him particularly effective.

Catherine Robinson, National Association of Manufacturers. Robinson is quickly becoming a fixture on Capitol Hill, working some of the toughest and most intricate areas this year: reforming U.S. export controls, as well as trade-facilitation and customs issues.

Manik Roy, Pew Center on Global Climate Change. A former aide to Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) who also has a master’s in environmental engineering and a Ph.D. in public policy, Roy can handle both the politics and policy of climate change as he advocates on behalf of Pew.

Tim Ryan, Ken Bentsen, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Ryan and Bentsen are at the top of the main securities trade association as it seeks to influence scores of new regulations.

Aubrey Sarvis, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN). As SLDN’s executive director, Sarvis is tirelessly fighting to see the military’s gay ban repealed this year. He navigates Congress with clear political acumen to see his organization’s sole goal achieved this year. Sarvis, who served in the Army right out of high school, spent six years as staff director and chief counsel of the Senate Commerce Committee and 14 years at Verizon’s legislative affairs shop.

John Shaw, Portland Cement Association. Shaw has helped push for more protections for energy-intensive industries in climate legislation.

Mike Stanton, Association of International Automobile Manufacturers. 
Stanton is a longtime, and highly regarded, auto lobbyist.

Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO. The most prominent voice in the labor movement as the president of the AFL-CIO, Trumka has a say in almost every issue that grabs Washington’s attention and was a key negotiator with the White House on the healthcare reform bill.

John Weisgall, Mid-American Energy. When he’s not teaching a law class at Georgetown, Weisgall has fought to change the formula for distributing valuable carbon allowances in climate legislation and found the time to track financial reform legislation for his boss, Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway owns Mid-American.

Daniel Weiss, Center for American Progress Action Fund. A longtime environmental advocate, Weiss now leads climate change efforts at the Center, one of the most tied-in groups in town.


Josh Ackil, Franklin Square Group.

Sam Adcock, EADS North America.

Cory Alexander, UnitedHealth Group.

Nick Allard, Patton Boggs.

Gary Andres, Dutko Worldwide.

Leigh Ann Pusey, American Insurance Association.

Anna Aurilio, Environment America.

Richard Baker, Managed Funds Association.

Andy Barbour, Smith-Free Group.

Steve Bartlett, Financial Services Roundtable.

Matt Bennett, The Third Way.

Dan Berger, National Association of Federal Credit Unions.

Wayne Berman, Ogilvy Government Relations.

Marion Blakey, Aerospace Industries Association. 

Jim Blanchard, DLA Piper.

Victoria Blatter, Merck.

Abigail Blunt, Kraft Foods.

Denise Bode, American Wind Energy Institute.

Phil Boyer, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Raymond Bracy, Wal-Mart.

Chuck Brain, Capitol Hill Strategies.

John Breaux, Breaux-Lott Leadership Group.

Tom Buis, Growth Energy.

Nicholas Calio, Citigroup.

Naomi Camper, JP Morgan Chase & Co. 

Gerald Cassidy, Cassidy & Associates.

David Castagnetti, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti.

John Castellani, Business Roundtable.

Eileen Claussen, Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

Ken Cook, Environmental Working Group.

Steven Cortese, Alliant Techsystems.  

Chris Cox, National Rifle Association.

Rodger Currie, Amgen.

Al D’Amato, Park Strategies.

Greg Dahlberg, Lockheed Martin.

Dan Danner, National Federation of Independent Business.

Linda Daschle, LHD & Associates.

Alan Davidson, Google.

Rich Deem, American Medical Association.

Bob Dinneen, Renewable Fuels Association.

Julie Domenick, Multiple Strategies.

Tom Donohue, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Cal Dooley, American Chemistry Council.

Kim Dorgan, American Council of Life Insurers.

Nancy Dorn, General Electric.

Charles Drevna, National Petrochemical and Refiners Association.

Ken Duberstein, The Duberstein Group.

Martin Edwards, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America.

Steve Ellis, Taxpayers for Common Sense.

Steve Elmendorf, Elmendorf Strategies.

John Engler, National Association of Manufacturers.

Glenn English, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Frank Fahrenkopf, American Gaming Association.

Victor Fazio, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.

Mitchell Feuer, Rich Feuer Group.

Camden Fine, Independent Community Bankers of America.

Alex Flint, Nuclear Energy Institute.

Mike Fulton, GolinHarris.

Sam Geduldig, Clark Lytle & Geduldig.

Matt Gelman, Microsoft.

Jack Gerard, American Petroleum Institute.

Leo Gerard, United Steelworkers.

Nick Giordano, Washington Council Ernst & Young.

Jerry Giovaniello, National Association of Realtors.

Rich Glick, Iberdrola Renewables.

Rich Gold, Gerry Sikorski, Holland & Knight.

Bradley Gordon, American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Slade Gorton, K&L Gates.

Fred Graefe, Law Offices of Frederick H. Graefe.

Jim Greenwood, BiotechnologyIndustry Organization.

Lanny Griffith, BGR Holdings.

Robert Griner, Rich Feuer Group.

Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., Patton Boggs.

Edward Hamberger, Association of American Railroads.

Dave Hamilton, Sierra Club.

Larry Harlow, Prime Policy Group.

J. Steven Hart, Williams & Jensen.

Gregg Hartley, Cassidy & Associates.

David Hawkins, Natural Resources 

Defense Council.

Ralph Hellmann, Information Technology Industry Council.

Wade Henderson, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.

Ed Hill, Bank of America.

Craig Holman, Public Citizen.

Mike House, Hogan & Lovells.

Jerry Howard, National Association of Home Builders.

Karen Igagni, America’s Health Insurance Plans.

Mark Irion, Dutko Worldwide.

Mark Isakowitz, Fierce, Isakowitz and Blalock.

Peter Jacoby, AT&T Corp.

Joel Jankowsky, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.

Chris Jennings, Jennings Policy Strategies.

Broderick Johnson, Bryan Cave.

Joel Johnson, Glover Park Group.

Thomas Jolly, Jolly/Rissler.

Bruce Josten, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Mark Kadesh, Kadesh & Associates.

Chip Kahn, Federation of American Hospitals.

Mary Kay Thatcher, American Farm Bureau Federation.

Tim Keating, Boeing.

Kenneth Kies, Federal Policy Group.

Kent Knutson, Home Depot.

Lisa Kountoupes, Kountoupes Consulting.

Tom Kuhn, Edison Electric Institute.

Bill Lane, Caterpillar.

Steve Largent, CTIA-The Wireless Association.

Thea Lee, AFL-CIO.

Linda Lipsen, American Association for Justice. 

Bob Livingston, The Livingston Group.

Trent Lott, Breaux-Lott Leadership Group.

Elisa Massimino, Human Rights First.

Melissa Maxfield, Comcast.

James May, Air Transport Association of America.

Steve McBee, McBee Strategic.

Walter McCormick, U.S. Telecom Association.

Dave McCurdy, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

Meredith McGehee, Campaign Legal Center.

Ben McKay, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.

Kyle McSlarrow, National Cable & Telecommunications Association.

Moses Mercado, Ogilvy Government Relations.

Mark Merritt, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association.

Dan Mica, Credit Union National Association. 

Scott Miller, Procter & Gamble.

Monica Mills, Bread for the World.

Betsy Moler, Exelon.

Susan Molinari, Bracewell & Giuliani.

Loren Monroe, BGR Holdings.

Randall Moody, National Education Association.

Matthew Myers, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Edward Newberry, Patton Boggs.

Rob Nichols, Financial Services Forum.

Larry O’Brien, OB-C Group.

Tom O’Donnell, Gephardt Group.

Sean O’Hollaren, Honeywell International.

Emmett O’Keefe, Amazon. 

Ziad Ojakli, Ford Motor Co.

Manuel Ortiz, Quinn Gillespie & Associates.

Michael Paese, Goldman Sachs.

Scott Parven, Parven Pomper Strategies 

Bill Paxon, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.

Jeff Peck, Peck, Madigan, Jones & Stewart.

John Pemberton, Southern Co. 

Tony Perkins, Family Research Council.

Steve Pfister, National Retail Federation.

Melinda Pierce, Sierra Club.

Jim Pitts, Navigators Global.

Anthony Podesta, The Podesta Group.

Heather Podesta, Heather Podesta + Partners.
Rick Pollack, American Hospital Association. 

Ron Pollack, Families USA.

Jack Quinn, Quinn Gillespie & Associates.

Thomas Quinn, Venable.

Robert Raben, The Raben Group.

John Raffaelli, Capitol Counsel.

Alan Reuther, United Auto Workers.

Ilia Rodriguez, Center for American Progress Action Fund.

Anthony Romero, American Civil Liberties Union.

John Rother, AARP.

Emanuel Rouvelas, K&L Gates.

Bob Rusbuldt, Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America.

Marty Russo, Cassidy & Associates.

Jimmy Ryan, Elmendorf Strategies

Norb Ryan Jr., Military Officers Association of America.

Bill Samuel, AFL-CIO.

Stephen Sandherr, The Associated General Contractors of America.

Ray Scheppach, National Governors Association.

Melissa Schulman, The Bockorny Group.

Scott Segal, Bracewell & Giuliani.

Joe Seidel, Credit Suisse.

Gary Shapiro, Consumer Electronics Association.

Rhod Shaw, The Alpine Group.

Rick Shelby, American Gas Association.

Tom Sheridan, The Sheridan Group.

Melanie Sloan, Citizens for Responsibil-ity and Ethics in Washington.

Tracy Spicer, Avenue Solutions.

Matt Stanton, Fortune Brands.

Charlie Stenholm, Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Bode Matz PC.

Alexander Sternhell, Sternhell Group.

Floyd Stoner, American Bankers Association.

Sandi Stuart, Clark & Weinstock.

Jeremy Symons, National Wildlife Federation.

Scott Talbott, Financial Services Roundtable.

Matt Tanielian, Franklin Square Group.

Linda Tarplin, Tarplin, Downs & Young.

Rich Tarplin, Tarplin Strategies.

Dan Tate Jr., Capitol Solutions.

Brad Thaler, National Association of Federal Credit Unions.

Marti Thomas, The Duberstein Group.

Elizabeth Thompson, Environmental Defense Fund.

Sarah Thorn, Wal-Mart.

Steve Ubl, Advanced Medical Technology Association.

Rich Umbdenstock, American Hospital Association.
Robert Van Heuvelen, Van Heuvelen Strategies.

Stu Van Scoyoc, Van Scoyoc Associates

Vin Weber, Clark & Weinstock.

Fred Wertheimer, Democracy 21.

Greg Wetstone, American Wind Energy Institute.

Mary Whalen, Credit Suisse.

Jimmy Williams, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal.

Brian Wolff, Edison Electric Institute.

Howard Woolley, Verizon Wireless.

Jonathan Yarowsky, Patton Boggs.

Ed Yingling, American Bankers Association.



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