The Hill's Top Lobbyists 2020

By The Hill staff - 12/10/20

 

Welcome to The Hill’s annual list of top lobbyists.

2020 was a chaotic year for K Street, with the coronavirus pandemic and lobbying battles for COVID-19 relief legislation consuming much of the year. The presidential and congressional elections also kept lobbyists busy while they tried to find ways to network under the new normal of virtual work.

In a busy and challenging year for the influence world, these are the people who wielded their clout and knowledge most effectively for their clients.

Not all of those honored on this list are registered lobbyists. The list highlights the broad range of talents needed to achieve success in the influence industry. But all of the people below are key players on K Street — and the ones the nation’s biggest companies, labor unions and associations turn to when they want their voices heard in the nation’s capital.

The ranks of policy experts and influencers run deep in Washington, but these are the people who stand out for delivering results for their clients in the halls of Congress and in the administration.

 

Corporate

 

Gina Adams and Lance Mangum, FedEx Corp.

Jane Adams, Johnson & Johnson Services Inc.

Saat Alety, Allstate Corp.

Bryan Anderson, Southern Co.

Michael Beckerman, TikTok

Karan Bhatia, Google LLC

Abigail Blunt, The Kraft Heinz Co.

Dwayne Carson and Justine Handelman, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Khary Cauthen, Cheniere Energy

Maria Cino, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Jack Cline, University of Kansas

Mo Cowan, General Electric Co.

Sarah Fanning, The Travelers Companies Inc.

Terri Fariello, United Airlines Holdings Inc.

Fred Ferguson, Vista Outdoor Inc.

Bob Filippone, Merck & Co.

Tucker Foote and Tom Gannon, Mastercard Inc.

Maggie Gage, MetLife Inc.

Rosemary Garza, Univision Communications Inc.

Nate Gatten and Molly Wilkinson, American Airlines Inc.

Ken Glueck, Oracle Corp.

Rachel Goldberg, TransUnion

Phillip Goldfeder, Cross River Bank

Daniel Grattan, Regions Bank

Sohini Gupta, Centene Corp.

Bruce Harris, Walmart Inc.

Rich Haselwood, Reynolds American Inc.

Lou Hayden, Lowe’s Companies Inc.

James Hayes and Jill Shapiro, Tenable Inc.

Brian Hendricks, Nokia Corp.

Brian Henneberry, Koch Companies Public Sector LLC

Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, Twitter Inc.

Guy Hicks, Airbus Group Inc.

Ed Hill, Bank of America Corp.

Robert Hoffman, Accenture Plc

Jessica Hogle, PG&E Corp.

Fred Humphries and Matt Gelman, Microsoft Corp.

Brian Huseman and Steve Hartell, Amazon.com Inc.

Matt Iandoli, Deloitte

Alethia Jackson, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.

Jace Johnson, Adobe

Robert Jones, Pfizer Inc.

Lesley A. Kalan, Northrop Grumman Corp. 

Joel Kaplan, Facebook Inc.

Timothy Keating, Boeing Co.

Heather Kennedy, The Home Depot Inc.

Michael Kennedy, VMware Inc.

Mike Kiely and Dontai Smalls, United Parcel Service Inc.

Will Kinzel, Molson Coors

Melissa Lavinson, Pepco Holding

Chris Leahy, Intuit Inc.

Curt Magleby, Mitch Bainwol and Laura Dove, Ford Motor Co. 

Meagan McCanna, Airbnb Inc. 

Tim McKone, AT&T Inc. 

Jake Menefee, Marathon Petroleum Corp. 

Jeanne Mitchell, Exxon Mobil Corp. 

Philip Moore, Southwest Airlines 

Michael Moran, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC 

Chandler Morse, Workday Inc. 

Mara Motherway and Sharon Hardie, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. 

Majida Mourad, Tellurian Inc. 

Megan Ouellette, Alaska Airlines 

Christopher Padilla, IBM Corp. 

Michael Paese and Michael Thompson, The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Dean Pappas and Steve English, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. 

Mike Parrish, Bayer US

Adam Peterman, Marie Sylla-Dixon and Michelle Persaud, T-Mobile US Inc. 

Kristina Pisanelli, Medtronic 

Tricia Purdy, UnitedHealth Group Inc. 

David Quinalty, Waymo LLC 

Robert Rangel, Lockheed Martin Corp. 

Louis Renjel, Duke Energy Corp. 

Isaac Reyes, Target Corp. 

Nichole Francis Reynolds, ServiceNow 

Mitch Rose and Leo Muñoz, Comcast Corp. 

Norberto Salinas and Al Thompson, Intel Corp. 

Betsy Schmid, General Dynamics Corp.

Kevin Schmidt, Smiths Group 

Melissa Schulman, CVS Health 

Gregg Sheiowitz, Zurich North America 

Kraig Siracuse, Bell Helicopter 

Brian Smith, Wells Fargo 

James Sonne, MassMutual 

Matt Stanton, Constellation Brands Inc. 

Lynn Starr, Ericsson

Patricia Tamez, Shell

Tyler Threadgill, LKQ Corp.

Christopher Turner, Micron Technologies 

Cindy Jimenez Turner, Raytheon Technologies Corp.

David Urban, ByteDance

Omar Vargas, 3M

Blair Watters, InterDigital Inc.

Jonathan Weisgall, Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co. 

Cherie Wilson, General Motors Co. 

Heather Wingate, Delta Air Lines Inc. 

Ken Wingert, Zillow Group 

Candi Wolff, Citigroup Inc. 

Corie Wright, Netflix Inc. 

Marcela Zamora and Robert Fisher, Verizon Communications Inc.

Virginia Zigras, Charter Communications Inc.

 

Associations

 

Craig Albright, BSA | The Software Alliance

Todd Askew, American Medical Association

Dana Atkins, Military Officers Association of America

Joel Bacon, American Association of Airport Executives 

Mark Baker, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association 

Meredith Attwell Baker, CTIA

Kenneth Bentsen Jr., Jamie Wall and Mark Schuermann, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

B. Dan Berger, Brad Thaler and Carrie Hunt, National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions 

Joshua Bolten and Matthew Spikes, Business Roundtable 

Manuel Bonilla, American Society of Anesthesiologists 

Neil Bradley and Jack Howard, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

Kevin Burke, Annie Russo and Greg Cota, Airports Council International — North America 

Steve Caldeira, Household & Commercial Products Association

Nicholas E. Calio and Christine Burgeson, Airlines for America  

David Chavern, News Media Alliance 

Geoff Cooper, Renewable Fuels Association 

Bryan Corbett, Managed Funds Association 

Francis Creighton, Consumer Data Industry Association 

Robert Cresanti and Matthew Haller, International Franchise Association 

Greg Crist, AdvaMed

Steve Danon and Jason Linde, Food Allergy Research and Education

Chip Davis Jr., Healthcare Distribution Alliance

Jeffrey D. DeBoer, The Real Estate Roundtable 

Leah Dempsey, ACA International, the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals 

Roger Dow and Tori Barnes, U.S. Travel Association 

Kip Eideberg, Association of Equipment Manufacturers 

Eric Fanning, Aerospace Industries Association

Desiree Filippone, U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee

Jennifer Fisher and Chris Tampio, American Dental Association

David French, National Retail Federation  

Lee Fuller, Independent Petroleum Association of America 

Coley George, NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots 

Marco Giamberardino, National Electrical Contractors Association 

Nicholas Giordano, National Pork Producers Council 

William Gil, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers 

Lesli Gooch, Manufactured Housing Institute 

Elizabeth Goodman and Matt Eyles, America’s Health Insurance Plans 

Tommy Goodwin, Project Management Institute 

Jimi Grande, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies 

Emmanual Guillory, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities 

Joshua Habursky, Premium Cigar Association 

Michael Hanson, Retail Industry Leaders Association

Karen Harbert and George Lowe, American Gas Association 

Jennifer Hatcher, Food Industry Association 

Abigail Ross Hopper, Solar Energy Industries Association 

Jerry Howard, National Association of Home Builders 

Richard Hunt and Sam Whitfield, Consumer Bankers Association 

Ryan Jackson, National Mining Association 

Chip Kahn, Federation of American Hospitals 

Bradley Karbowsky, United Association of Plumbers & Fitters of U.S. & Canada

Kori Blalock Keller, National Association of Letter Carriers

Sean Kennedy, Dan Roehl and Matt Walker, National Restaurant Association

Bill Killmer and Ernie Jolly, Mortgage Bankers Association 

Ralph Kohl, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists 

Maria Korsnick, Nuclear Energy Institute 

Thomas Kuhn and Brian Wolff, Edison Electric Institute 

Mike Lee, Bank Policy Institute

Garrett Levin, Digital Media Association

Christine LoCascio, Kelly Poulsen and Jessie Brady, Distilled Spirits Council

Linda Lipsen, American Association for Justice 

Gail MacKinnon and Patrick Kilcur, Motion Picture Association 

Drew Maloney, American Investment Council 

Shannon McGahn, National Association of Realtors

Nancy McLernon, Global Business Alliance 

Bill Miller and Chris Cylke, American Gaming Association 

Linda Moore, TechNet 

Susan Neely, American Council of Life Insurers 

Rob Nichols and James Ballentine, American Bankers Association 

Jim Nussle and Ryan Donovan, Credit Union National Association 

Jason Ouimet, National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action 

Mark Parkinson, American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living 

Bob Pease and Katie Marisic, Brewers Association 

Stanley Pierre-Louis and Missy Foxman, Entertainment Software Association 

Richard Pollack, American Hospital Association

Michael Powell, NCTA — The Internet & Television Association 

Craig Purser and Laurie Knight, National Beer Wholesalers Association 

Brett Quick and Tiffany Haas, Financial Services Forum 

Rebeca Romero Rainey and Paul Merski, Independent Community Bankers of America 

Bree Raum, American Wind Energy Association 

Morgan Reed, ACT | The App Association 

Jim Riley, National Waste and Recycling Association

Chip Rogers and Brian Crawford, American Hotel & Lodging Association

John Rother, National Coalition on Health Care 

Bob Rusbuldt and Charles Symington, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America 

Stephen Sandherr, Associated General Contractors of America 

JC Scott, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association 

Gary Shapiro, Consumer Technology Association  

Sarah Shive and Margaret McCarthy, Information Technology Industry Council 

Emily Skor, Growth Energy 

Gordon Smith, National Association of Broadcasters 

Kristin Smith, The Blockchain Association 

Mike Sommers, Bill Koetzle and Kenny Roberts, American Petroleum Institute 

Jonathan Spalter, USTelecom 

Michele Stanley, National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association 

Karen Studwell, American Psychological Association 

Kristen Swearingen, Associated Builders and Contractors 

Scott Talbott, Electronic Transactions Association 

Jeff Tassey, Electronic Payments Coalition 

Mary Kay Thatcher, Syngenta

Chet Thompson and Fernando Gomez, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers 

Jay Timmons and Aric Newhouse, National Association of Manufacturers 

Stephen Ubl and Lori Reilly, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

Andrew Walmsley, R.J. Karney and Scott Bennett, American Farm Bureau Federation

Kirsten Wegner, Modern Markets Initiative 

Ryan Weston, Sugar Cane League

Jerry White, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Nathaniel Wienecke and J. Stephen Zielezienski, American Property Casualty Insurance Association 

Matt Willette, American Optometric Association 

Tonnie Wybensinger, Small Business Investor Alliance

Bryan Zumwalt and Spencer Pederson, Consumer Brands Association 

 

Hired Guns

 

Josh Ackil and Matt Tanielian, Franklin Square Group

Kai Anderson, Barry Rhoads and Jordan Bernstein, Cassidy and Associates

Cristina Antelo and Lucia Alonzo, Ferox Strategies

Brian Ballard, Ballard Partners

Haley Barbour, Jonathan Mantz, Remy Brim and Erskine Wells, BGR Group

Doyle Bartlett and Chris McCannell, GrayRobinson

Vinoda Basnayake, Jim Moran and Chris Cushing, Nelson Mullins 

Bethany Bassett, Rasky Partners

Jennifer Bell, Chamber Hill Strategies

Bob Bissen, Cannae Policy Group

Kirk Blalock and Kirsten Chadwick, Fierce Government Relations

John Blount, Ervin Hill Strategy

Dan Boston, Health Policy Source 

Paul Brathwaite, Federal Street Strategies

Tami Jackson Buckner, Michael Best Strategies

George Callas, Elizabeth Burks and Jason Abel, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

David Castagnetti, Dean Rosen and David Thomas, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas

Rob Chamberlin and Sam Whitehorn, Elevate

Rob Collins and Mike Ference, S-3 Group

Manus Cooney, American Continental Group

Justin Daly and Erik Johnson, Daly Consulting Group

Tom Daschle and Nathan Daschle, The Daschle Group

Jennifer Dionne, Atlantic Strategies Group 

Licy Do Canto, BCW

Kenneth Duberstein and David Schiappa, The Duberstein Group

Ingrid Duran and Catherine Pino, D&P Creative Strategies

Martin Edwards, Ice Miller Strategies

Missy Edwards, Missy Edwards Strategies

Steve Eichenauer, Patrick O’Neill, Chuck Brain, Public Strategies Washington Inc. 

Steve Elmendorf and Jimmy Ryan, Subject Matter

Daniel Faraci, Grassroots Political Consulting

Holly Fechner, Bill Wichterman and Muftiah McCartin, Covington & Burling LLP

John Feehery, EFB Advocacy

Antonia Ferrier, John Stipicevic and Scott Riplinger, CGCN Group

Mitchell Feuer, John Anderson and Jared Sawyer, Rich Feuer Anderson 

Camden Fine, Calvert Advisors LLC

Shannon Finley, Warren Tryon and Ann Jablon, Capitol Counsel

Jim Flood and Scott Douglas, Crowell & Moring 

Lindsay Flynn, Twenty-First Century Group 

Jeff Forbes, Dan Tate Jr. and Rich Lopez, Forbes Tate Partners

Omar Franco, Bert Gómez and Carissa Faña, Becker & Poliakoff

Elizabeth Frazee, TwinLogic Strategies

Peter Freeman and Andrew Barbour, FS Vector 

Kimberley Fritts, Cogent Strategies 

Gary Gallant, Gallant Government & Law Group LLC 

Noe Garcia and Charles Cooper, Signal Group Consulting

Chris Giblin, Moses Mercado and Karissa Willhite, Ogilvy Government Relations

Rich Gold, Scott Mason, Kathryn Lehman and David Whitestone, Holland & Knight LLP

Bart Gordon, Darrell Conner and Bill Kirk, K&L Gates LLP

Jeff Green, J.A. Green & Company

Jonathan Gregory, Yorktown Solutions

Bridget Hagan, Mindset DC 

Gregg Hartley and Andy Blunt, Husch Blackwell Strategies

Megan Hauck, Nathanson+Hauck LLC  

Ralph Hellmann and David Lugar, Lugar Hellmann Group

Michael Herson, American Defense International

Mike Hettinger, Hettinger Strategy Group

Susan Hirschmann and Matthew Hoekstra, Williams & Jensen PLLC

Josh Holly, Holly Strategies

Erik Huey, Platinum Advisors

Joel Johnson, The Glover Park Group

Travis Johnson, 1607 Strategies

Matt Keelen, The Keelen Group

Kevin Kelly, Clark Hill

Ken Kies, The Federal Policy Group

Jack Kingston, Squire Patton Boggs

Israel “Izzy” Klein and Matt Johnson, Klein/Johnson Group

Lisa Kountoupes, Lori Denham and Julie Hershey Carr, KDCR partners LLC

Chris Lamond and Andy Rosenberg, Thorn Run Partners

Marc Lampkin, Al Mottur, Greta Joynes, Zach Pfister and Russ Sullivan, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP

Bryan Lanza, Mercury Public Affairs

Blanche Lincoln, Lincoln Policy Group

Robert Livingston, The Livingston Group LLC

Esteban López-Rosado, LGA Strategies

Trent Lott and John Breaux, Crossroads Strategies 

Hazen Marshall and Monica Popp, Marshall & Popp LLC

Patrick Martin, Cozen O’Connor PC

Frank McCarthy, McCarthy Advanced Consulting

Heather McHugh and Lea Sulkala, Resolution Public Affairs

Andrew McKechnie, Jonathon Jones and Jeffrey Shapiro, Peck Madigan Jones

Mike Merola, Winning Strategies Washington

Jeff Miller, Miller Strategies

Kyle Nevins, Steve Stombres and Jonathan Slemrod, Harbinger Strategies

Don Nickles, Stacey Hughes and Mary Beth Savary Taylor, The Nickles Group

Larry O’Brien, The OB-C Group

Tom O’Donnell, Gephardt Government Affairs

Kevin O’Neill, Eugenia Pierson and Greg Louer, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Manuel Ortiz, VantageKnight

Scott Pastrick and Charlie Black, Prime Policy Group

Ilisa Halpern Paul and Jodie Curtis, District Policy Group at Faegre Drinker

T.J. Petrizzo, The Petrizzo Group 

Steven Phillips, DLA Piper

Jim Pitts, Navigators Global

Heather Podesta, Invariant

Brian Pomper, Hunter Bates, Scott Parven, Arshi Siddiqui and Geoff Verhoff, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Lendell Porterfield, Dwight Fettig and Dawn Sears, Porterfield, Fettig & Sears LLC

Thomas Quinn, Venable LLP

Robert Raben, Estuardo Rodríguez and Larry Gonzalez, The Raben Group

Oscar Ramirez and Dana Thompson, Fulcrum Public Affairs

Bob Rapoza, Rapoza Associates

Mark Rayder and Tim Trysla, Alston & Bird 

Joel Riethmiller, Imperium Global Advisors 

Cliff Roberti, Federal Hall Policy Advisors

Vin Roberti, Steven Irizarry and Drew Cole, Roberti Global 

Chuck Rocha, Solidarity Strategies

Patricia Rojas-Ungar, Strategic Marketing Innovations Inc. 

Jerr Rosenbaum, Tim Hannegan and Jennifer Poersch, Hannegan Landau Poersch & Rosenbaum Advocacy

John Russell, Sander Lurie and Michael Drobac, Dentons 

Scott Segal, Dee Martin and Ed Krenik, Bracewell

Heideh Shahmoradi, O’Keeffe Shahmoradi Strategies 

Rhod Shaw, Jason Schendle and Jared Weaver, Alpine Group

Marsha Simon, MJ Simon & Co

Michaela Sims, Sims Strategies

Mike Smith and Jim Richards, Cornerstone Government Affairs

Tracy Spicer, Avenue Solutions

John Stanford, Prism Group 

Jennifer Stewart, Stewart Strategies and Solutions 

David Tamasi, Chartwell Strategy Group

Linda Tarplin, Tarplin, Downs & Young LLC

Carl Thorsen and Alec French, Thorsen French Advocacy

Mark Van de Water, Baker Donelson

Bob Van Heuvelen, VH Strategies

Stu Van Scoyoc, Jennifer LaTourette and Steve Palmer, Van Scoyoc Associates 

Stewart Verdery, John Mulligan and Lawrence Duncan, Monument Advocacy

Jack Victory and Rick Shelby, Capitol Hill Consulting Group

Alex Vogel and Brian Johnson, The Vogel Group

Chris Wall, The Policy Group

Robert Wasinger, Mona Mohib and Ryan Bernstein, McGuireWoods Consulting 

Henry Waxman, Waxman Strategies

Scott Weaver, Wiley Rein LLP

Michael Williams, The Williams Group 

Jonathan Yarowsky and Rob Lehman, WilmerHale

Ivan Zapien, Hogan Lovells 

Susan Zook, Mason Street Consulting

 

Grassroots 

 

Brandon Arnold and Pete Sepp, National Taxpayers Union 

Lauren Augustine, Student Veterans of America 

Matt Bennett, Third Way 

Johnathan Benton, Allied Pilots Association 

Garrett Bess and Jessica Anderson, Heritage Action for America

John Bowman and Alexandra Adams, Natural Resources Defense Council 

Michael Breen, Human Rights First 

Jeremy Butler, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America 

Carrie Calvert, Feeding America 

Thomas M. Conway, United Steelworkers 

Ken Cook, Environmental Working Group 

Megan Donovan, Guttmacher Institute 

Steve Ellis and Autumn Hanna, Taxpayers for Common Sense 

Susie Feliz, National Urban League 

Marvin Feuer, American Israel Public Affairs Committee 

Karen Hobert Flynn and Aaron Scherb, Common Cause 

Joe Franco and Linda Couch, LeadingAge 

Vanita Gupta, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights 

Chip Hancock, Southwest Airlines Pilots Association 

Mary Kay Henry, Service Employees International Union 

KJ Hertz and Ariel Gonzalez, March of Dimes 

Craig Holman, Lisa Gilbert and Robert Weissman, Public Citizen 

Marty Irby, Animal Wellness Action 

Frederick Isasi, Families USA 

Fred Krupp, Environmental Defense Fund 

Nancy LeaMond, AARP 

Joanne Lin, Philippe Nassif and Daniel Balson, Amnesty International USA 

Liz Lopez, YWCA USA 

Kyle Makarios, United Brotherhood of Carpenters

Laura Maristany, Democracy Fund Voice 

Tom McClusky, March for Life Action 

Meredith McGehee and Elise Wirkus, Issue One

David McIntosh and Scott Parkinson, Club for Growth 

Bill McKibben, Natalie Mebane and May Boeve, 350.org  

Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. Public Interest Research Group

Janet Murguía, UnidosUS

Katie Murtha, Environment America and U.S. Public Interest Research Group 

Matthew Myers, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids 

Brendan Mysliwiec, Appalachian Trail Conservancy 

Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform 

Tim Phillips, Americans for Prosperity 

Melinda Pierce, Sierra Club 

Alethea Predeoux, American Federation of Government Employees 

Lee Saunders, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees 

Thomas Schatz, Citizens Against Government Waste 

Christopher Shelton, Communications Workers of America 

Tiernan Sittenfeld and Sara Chieffo, League of Conservation Voters 

Candace Spencer, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition 

Abby Tinsley, National Wildlife Federation 

Richard Trumka and Bill Samuel, AFL-CIO 

Heather Valentine, Bread for the World 

James Walsh, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition 

Fred Wertheimer, Democracy 21 

Dylan Williams, J Street 

 

To view the original article, click here.

 

The Hill's Top Lobbyists 2019

By The Hill staff - 12/12/19

 

Welcome to The Hill’s annual Top Lobbyists list.

2019 was a frenetic year for K Street, with a number of high-profile fights on legislative and regulatory issues, even as Washington was riveted by impeachment drama and a contentious 2020 presidential election took shape.

In a busy and testing year for the influence world, these are the people who wielded their clout and knowledge most effectively on behalf of their clients.

Not all of those honored on this list are formally registered as lobbyists. The list highlights the broad range of talents needed to succeed in the influence industry. But the people below are all at the top of their game — and the ones the nation’s biggest companies, labor unions and associations turn to when they want their voices heard in the nation’s capital.

The ranks of Washington’s policy experts and influencers run deep, but these are the players who stand out for delivering results for their clients in the halls of Congress and the administration.

 

Corporate

Gina Adams and Lance Mangum, FedEx Corp.

Jane Adams, Johnson & Johnson

Tricia Purdy, UnitedHealth Group Inc.

Ali Amirhooshmand, Magic Leap Inc.

Bryan Anderson, Southern Co. 

Bill Barloon, Sprint Corp.

Wayne Berman, The Blackstone Group Inc.

Karan Bhatia, Google LLC

Abigail Blunt, The Kraft Heinz Co.

Dwayne Carson and Justine Handelman, The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Maria Cino, Hewlett Packard Enterprise 

Mo Cowan, General Electric Co.

Sarah Fanning, The Travelers Companies Inc.

Terri Fariello, United Airlines Inc.

Fred Ferguson, Vista Outdoor Inc.

Bob Filippone, Merck & Co.

Tucker Foote and Tom Gannon, Mastercard Inc.

Maggie Gage, MetLife Inc.

Matt Gelman and Fred Humphries, Microsoft Corp.

Ken Glueck, Oracle Corp.

Bruce Harris, Walmart Inc.

Rich Haselwood, Reynolds American Inc.

James Hayes, Tenable Inc.

Robert Helm and Betsy Schmid, General Dynamics Corp.

Brian Hendricks, Nokia Corp.

Brian Henneberry, Koch Companies Public Sector LLC

Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, Univision Communications Inc.

Guy Hicks, Airbus Group Inc.

Ed Hill, Bank of America Corp. 

Robert Hoffman, Accenture

Jessica Hogle, PG&E Corp.

Brian Huseman and Steve Hartell, Amazon.com Inc.

Alethia Jackson, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.

Robert Jones, Pfizer Inc.

Lesley A. Kalan, Northrop Grumman Corp.

Joel Kaplan, Facebook Inc.

Timothy Keating, Boeing Co.

Heather Kennedy, The Home Depot Inc.

Michael Kennedy, VMware Inc.

Will Kinzel, MillerCoors

Laura Lane, Dontai Smalls and Mike Kiely, United Parcel Service Inc. 

Melissa Lavinson, Pepco Holdings

Chris Leahy, Intuit Inc.

Curt Magleby, Ford Motor Co.

Meagan McCanna, Airbnb Inc.

Tim McKone and Susan Santana, AT&T Inc. 

Jake Menefee, Marathon Petroleum Corp.

Jeanne Mitchell, Exxon Mobil Corp.

Mara Motherway, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.

Michael Moran, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

Majida Mourad, Tellurian Inc.

Gregg Sheiowitz, Zurich North America

Chandler Morse, Workday Inc.

Christopher Padilla, IBM Corp.

Dean Pappas and Steve English, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. 

Michael Paese and Michael Thompson, The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Adam Peterman, Marie Sylla-Dixon and Michelle Persaud, T-Mobile US Inc. 

Mike Parrish, Bayer US

David Quinalty, Waymo LLC

Robert Rangel, Lockheed Martin Corp. 

Louis Renjel, Duke Energy Corp. 

Isaac Reyes, Target Corp.

Mitch Rose, Comcast Corp.

Norberto Salinas and Lisa Malloy, Intel Corp. 

Brian Smith, Regions Bank

Matt Stanton, Constellation Brands Inc.

Lynn Starr, Ericsson

Cindy Jimenez Turner, United Technologies Corp.

Omar Vargas, 3M

Jonathan Weisgall, Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co. 

Candi Wolff, Citigroup Inc.

Molly Wilkinson and Nate Gatten, American Airlines Inc.

Cherie Wilson and Richard Lopez, General Motors Co.

Heather Wingate, Delta Air Lines Inc.

Corie Wright, Netflix Inc.

Marcela Zamora, Verizon Communications Inc.

 

Associations 

Craig Albright, BSA | The Software Alliance

Todd Askew, American Medical Association 

Dana Atkins, Military Officers Association of America 

Greg Baer and Anthony Cimino, Bank Policy Institute

Mark Baker, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Meredith Attwell Baker, CTIA

Michael Beckerman, Internet Association 

Kenneth Bentsen Jr., Jamie Wall and Mark Schuermann, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

B. Dan Berger, Brad Thaler and Carrie Hunt, National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions

Joshua Bolten, Business Roundtable

Manuel Bonilla, American Society of Anesthesiologists

John Bozzella, Global Automakers

Neil Bradley and Jack Howard, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Kevin Burke and Annie Russo, Airports Council International — North America

Steve Caldeira, Household & Commercial Products Association

Nicholas E. Calio and Christine Burgeson, Airlines for America  

Chase Cannon and Matt Willette, American Optometric Association 

Robert Cresanti and Matthew Haller, International Franchise Association

Geoff Cooper, Renewable Fuels Association 

Greg Crist, AdvaMed

Chester “Chip” Davis Jr., Association for Accessible Medicines

Jeffrey D. DeBoer, The Real Estate Roundtable

Roger Dow and Tori Barnes, U.S. Travel Association

Juanita Duggan, National Federation of Independent Business

Kip Eideberg, Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Eric Fanning, Aerospace Industries Association

Jennifer Fisher and Chris Tampio, American Dental Association 

Geoff Freeman and Bryan Zumwalt, Grocery Manufacturers Association

David French, National Retail Federation   

Lee Fuller, Independent Petroleum Association of America

Coley George, NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots 

Marco Giamberardino, National Electrical Contractors Association 

Elizabeth Goodman and Matt Eyles, America’s Health Insurance Plans 

Christine LoCascio, Kelly Poulsen, and Jessie Brady, Distilled Spirits Council

Jimi Grande, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies 

Dan Grattan, Mortgage Bankers Association

James Greenwood, Biotechnology Innovation Organization

Karen Harbert and George Lowe, American Gas Association

Jason Hartke, Alliance to Save Energy

Michael Herson, American Defense International

Jerry Howard, National Association of Home Builders

Richard Hunt, Consumer Bankers Association

Chip Kahn, Federation of American Hospitals

Bradley Karbowsky, United Association of Plumbers & Fitters of US & Canada

Kori Blalock Keller, National Association of Letter Carriers

Heather O’Beirne Kelly and Karen Studwell, American Psychological Association

Maria Korsnick, Nuclear Energy Institute

Thomas Kuhn and Brian Wolff, Edison Electric Institute

Garrett Levin, Digital Media Association

Linda Lipsen, American Association for Justice

Gail MacKinnon and Patrick Kilcur, Motion Picture Association 

Kyle Makarios, United Brotherhood of Carpenters

Shannon McGahn, National Association of Realtors

Nancy McLernon, Organization for International Investment

Linda Moore, TechNet

Bill Miller and Chris Cylke, American Gaming Association

Susan Neely, American Council of Life Insurers

Rob Nichols and James Ballentine, American Bankers Association

Rich Nolan, National Mining Association

Jim Nussle and Ryan Donovan, Credit Union National Association

Jason Ouimet, National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action

Jason Oxman and Shannon Taylor, Information Technology Industry Council

Mark Parkinson, American Health Care Association

Bob Pease and Katie Marisic, Brewers Association

Stanley Pierre-Louis, Entertainment Software Association 

Richard Pollack, American Hospital Association

Michael Powell, NCTA — The Internet & Television Association

Craig Purser and Laurie Knight, National Beer Wholesalers Association

Rebeca Romero Rainey and Paul Merski, Independent Community Bankers of America

Bree Raum, American Wind Energy Association

Morgan Reed, ACT: The App Association

Nichole Francis Reynolds, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America

Jim Riley, National Waste and Recycling Association

Dan Roehl and Matt Walker, National Restaurant Association

Chip Rogers, American Hotel & Lodging Association

Patricia Rojas-Ungar, Outdoor Industry Association  

John Rother, National Coalition on Health Care

Cinnamon Rogers, Computing Technology Industry Association 

Bob Rusbuldt and Charles Symington, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America

Jennifer Safavian, Retail Industry Leaders Association

Stephen Sandherr, Associated General Contractors of America

J.C. Scott, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association 

Gary Shapiro, Consumer Technology Association 

Emily Skor, Growth Energy 

Gordon Smith, National Association of Broadcasters

Mike Sommers, American Petroleum Institute 

Jonathan Spalter, USTelecom 

Kristen Swearingen, Associated Builders and Contractors

Scott Talbott, Electronic Transactions Association

Jeff Tassey, Electronic Payments Coalition

Mary Kay Thatcher, Syngenta

Jay Timmons and Aric Newhouse, National Association of Manufacturers

Chet Thompson, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

Stephen Ubl and Lori Reilly, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

Dirk Van Dongen, National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors

Andrew Walmsley, R.J. Karney and Scott Bennett, American Farm Bureau Federation

Kirsten Wegner, Modern Markets Initiative

Ryan Weston, Sugar Cane League

Jerry White, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Nathaniel Wienecke and J. Stephen Zielezienski, American Property Casualty Insurance Association 

 

Hired Guns

Josh Ackil and Matt Tanielian, Franklin Square Group

Kai Anderson, Barry Rhoads and Jordan Bernstein, Cassidy and Associates

Cristina Antelo, Ferox Strategies 

Brian Ballard, Ballard Partners

Andy Barbour, Smith-Free Group  

Haley Barbour, Loren Monroe, Remy Brim and Erskine Wells, BGR Group

Jim Barnette, Doug Kantor and Darryl Nirenberg, Steptoe & Johnson LLP  

Doyle Bartlett and Chris McCannell, GrayRobinson 

Bethany Bassett, Rasky Partners

Jennifer Bell, Chamber Hill Strategies

Bob Bissen, Cannae Policy Group

Kirk Blalock and Kirsten Chadwick, Fierce Government Relations

John Blount, Ervin Hill Strategy

Dan Boston, Health Policy Source

Chuck Brain, Capitol Hill Strategies  

Paul Brathwaite, Federal Street Strategies

David Castagnetti, Dean Rosen and David Thomas, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas

Rob Chamberlin and Sam Whitehorn, Elevate 

Rob Collins and Mike Ference, S-3 Group

Justin Daly, Daly Consulting Group

Tom Daschle and Nathan Daschle, The Daschle Group 

Licy Do Canto, BCW

Michael Drobac, Robert Wasinger and Mona Mohib, McGuireWoods Consulting

Ken Duberstein and David Schiappa, The Duberstein Group

Ingrid Duran and Catherine Pino, D&P Creative Strategies

Martin Edwards, Ice Miller Strategies 

Missy Edwards, Missy Edwards Strategies

Steve Eichenauer and Patrick O’Neill, Public Strategies Washington Inc.

Steve Elmendorf and Jimmy Ryan, Subject Matter 

Holly Fechner, Bill Wichterman and Muftiah McCartin, Covington & Burling LLP

John Feehery, EFB Advocacy

Mitchell Feuer and John Anderson, Rich Feuer Anderson

Camden Fine, Calvert Advisors LLC 

Shannon Finley, Warren Tryon and Ann Jablon, Capitol Counsel 

Jeff Forbes and Dan Tate Jr., Forbes Tate Partners

Jim Flood, Crowell & Moring

Omar Franco and Bert Gómez, Becker

Elizabeth Frazee, TwinLogic Strategies

Kimberley Fritts, Cogent Strategies

Noe Garcia and Charles Cooper, Signal Group Consulting

Sam Geduldig, John Stipicevic and Mike Catanzaro, CGCN Group

Chris Giblin, Moses Mercado and Karissa Willhite, Ogilvy Government Relations

Rich Gold, Kathryn Lehman, David Whitestone and Scott Mason, Holland & Knight

Gregg Hartley and Andy Blunt, Husch Blackwell Strategies

Ralph Hellmann and David Lugar, Lugar Hellmann Group

Michael Herson, American Defense International

Mike Hettinger, Hettinger Strategy Group

Susan Hirschmann and Matthew Hoekstra, Williams & Jensen

Josh Holly, Holly Strategies

Mike House and Ivan Zapien, Hogan Lovells

Erik Huey, Platinum Advisors

Joel Johnson, The Glover Park Group

Travis Johnson, 1607 Strategies

Matt Keelen, The Keelen Group

Kevin Kelly, Clark Hill

Ken Kies, The Federal Policy Group

Israel “Izzy” Klein and Matt Johnson, Klein/Johnson Group

Lisa Kountoupes, Lori Denham and Julie Hershey Carr, KDCR partners LLC

Chris Lamond and Andy Rosenberg, Thorn Run Partners

Marc Lampkin, Al Mottur and Greta Joynes, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Bryan Lanza, Mercury

Blanche Lincoln, Lincoln Policy Group

Robert Livingston, The Livingston Group LLC

Esteban López-Rosado, LGA Strategies

Trent Lott, John Breaux and Jack Kingston, Squire Patton Boggs

Patrick Martin, Cozen O’Connor

Frank McCarthy, McCarthy Advanced Consulting

Mike Merola, Winning Strategies Washington

Jeff Miller, Miller Strategies

Kyle Nevins, Steve Stombres and Jonathan Slemrod, Harbinger Strategies

Don Nickles and Stacey Hughes, The Nickles Group

Larry O’Brien, The OB-C Group

Tom O’Donnell, Gephardt Government Affairs

Kevin O’Neill, Eugenia Pierson and Dana Weekes, Arnold & Porter 

Manuel Ortiz, VantageKnight

Scott Pastrick and Charlie Black, Prime Policy Group

Ilisa Halpern Paul and Jodie Curtis, District Policy Group

Jeff Peck, Andrew McKechnie and Drew Cantor, Peck Madigan Jones

Steven Phillips, DLA Piper

Jim Pitts and Chris Cox, Navigators Global

Heather Podesta, Invariant

Brian Pomper, Hunter Bates, Scott Parven, Arshi Siddiqui and Geoff Verhoff, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Lendell Porterfield, Dwight Fettig and Dawn Sears, Porterfield, Fettig & Sears LLC

Thomas Quinn, Venable LLP

Robert Raben and Estuardo Rodríguez, The Raben Group

Bob Rapoza, Rapoza Associates

Oscar Ramirez and Dana Thompson, Fulcrum Public Affairs

Mark Rayder, Alston & Bird

Vin Roberti, Steven Irizarry and Drew Cole, Roberti Global

Chuck Rocha, Solidarity Strategies

Jerr Rosenbaum, Tim Hannegan and Jennifer Poersch, Hannegan Landau Poersch & Rosenbaum Advocacy

Emanuel Rouvelas, Darrell Conner and Bart Gordon, K&L Gates

John Russell and Sander Lurie, Dentons 

Scott Segal and Dee Martin, Bracewell

Rhod Shaw and Jason Schendle, Alpine Group

Michaela Sims, Sims Strategies

Marsha Simon, Simon & Co

Mike Smith and Jim Richards, Cornerstone Government Affairs

Tracy Spicer, Avenue Solutions

David Tamasi, Chartwell Strategy Group

Linda Tarplin, Tarplin, Downs & Young LLC

Carl Thorsen and Alec French, Thorsen French Advocacy

David Urban and Manus Cooney, American Continental Group

Mark Van de Water, Baker Donelson

Bob Van Heuvelen, VH Strategies

Stu Van Scoyoc, Jennifer LaTourette and Steve Palmer, Van Scoyoc Associates

Stewart Verdery, Kate Mills and Andrew Howell, Monument Advocacy

Jack Victory and Rick Shelby, Capitol Hill Consulting Group

Alex Vogel, The Vogel Group 

Chris Wall, The Policy Group

Henry Waxman, Waxman Strategies

Scott Weaver, Wiley Rein LLP

Jonathan Yarowsky and Rob Lehman, WilmerHale

 

Grassroots

Brandon Arnold and Pete Sepp, National Taxpayers Union

Lauren Augustine, Student Veterans of America

Matt Bennett, Third Way

Michael Breen, Human Rights First

Garrett Bess, Heritage Action for America

John Bowman and Alexandra Adams, Natural Resources Defense Council

Jeremy Butler, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Thomas M. Conway, United Steelworkers  

Ken Cook, Environmental Working Group

Steve Ellis and Autumn Hanna, Taxpayers for Common Sense 

Susie Feliz, National Urban League

Marvin Feuer, American Israel Public Affairs Committee

Karen Hobert Flynn and Aaron Scherb, Common Cause

Joe Franco, LeadingAge

Lily Eskelsen García, National Education Association

Vanita Gupta, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Joshua Habursky, Grassroots Professional Network

Mary Kay Henry, Service Employees International Union

Craig Holman and Lisa Gilbert, Public Citizen

Marty Irby, Animal Wellness Action

Frederick Isasi, Families USA 

Fred Krupp, Environmental Defense Fund

Nancy LeaMond, AARP

Joanne Lin, Philippe Nassif and Daniel Balson, Amnesty International USA

Liz Lopez, YWCA USA

Tom McClusky, March for Life Education & Defense Fund 

Meredith McGehee, Issue One

Bill McKibben, Natalie Mebane and Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, 350.org

Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. Public Interest Research Group

Eric Mitchell, Adtalem Global Education

Abby Tinsley, National Wildlife Federation 

Janet Murguía, UnidosUS

Katie Murtha, Environment America and U.S. Public Interest Research Group 

Matthew Myers, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Brendan Mysliwiec, Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform

Tim Phillips, Americans for Prosperity

Melinda Pierce, Sierra Club

Andrew Roth, David McIntosh and Scott Parkinson, Club for Growth

Lee Saunders, American Federation of  State, County and Municipal  Employees

Thomas Schatz, Citizens Against Government Waste

Christopher Shelton, Communications Workers of America

Tiernan Sittenfeld and Sara Chieffo, League of Conservation Voters

Richard Trumka and Bill Samuel, AFL-CIO

Heather Valentine, Bread for the World

Fred Wertheimer, Democracy 21

Dylan Williams, J Street

 

To view the original article, click here.

Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns

By The Hill staff - 11/02/17

 

Josh Ackil and Matt Tanielian, Franklin Square Group

Companies large and small rely on this tech-centric lobbying firm, which this year delved into big issues like broadband access and intellectual property enforcement.

 

Andy Barbour, Smith-Free Group  

As a financial services pro, it’s no surprise that Barbour’s client list includes Bank of America and the electronic payments company Square.

 

Haley Barbour, Lanny Griffith, Ed Rogers and Loren Monroe, BGR Group 

Long one of K Street’s elite shops, BGR Group is on pace for its highest revenue in years.

 

Doyle Bartlett, Eris Group

Bartlett’s firm, which specializes in financial services issues, is going strong as it heads into its 15th year.

 

Jennifer Bell, Chamber Hill Strategies

Chamber Hill Strategies honed its focus on health-care policy in 2017, growing new business in a fertile lobbying area.

 

Kirk Blalock and Kirsten Chadwick, Fierce Government Relations

An alum of the George W. Bush White House, Blalock helps run one of the few all-GOP shops left on K Street. Chadwick, who was the top lobbyist for the Bush White House, is also a prolific Republican donor. 

 

Dan Boston, Health Policy Source Inc. 

As his firm’s name suggests, Boston is a seasoned veteran on health-care policy; his client sheet includes several hospital groups.

 

Chuck Brain, Capitol Hill Strategies LLC  

Brain founded this small Democratic firm more than 15 years ago; it punches above its weight with a solid book of business.

 

Robert Chamberlin and Sam Whitehorn, Signal Group Consulting LLC

Chamberlin and Whitehorn are fixtures at this bipartisan public affairs firm, which represents a mixture of corporate and municipal clients.

 

Rob Collins and Mike Ference, S-3 Group

With close ties to House and Senate leadership, S-3 is well-positioned to help blue-chip clients in the biggest policy battles.

 

Justin Daly, Daly Consulting Group

This small firm helps big financial services companies navigate the complexities of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission, in addition to the halls of the Capitol.

 

Tom and Nathan Daschle, The Daschle Group

The former senator and his son have become major players on the lobbying scene, securing foreign government clients, such as Turkey and Japan, and corporate ones, like Aetna.

 

Licy Do Canto, The Do Canto Group

Do Canto is an energetic champion for his clients, including a home health care network, the community health care industry and a nonprofit that helps connect low-income mothers with nurses.

 

Ken Duberstein and David Schiappa, The Duberstein Group Inc. 

Duberstein, a chief of staff in the Reagan White House, commands top-dollar treatment from clients like Estee Lauder, Alibaba Group, the Major League Baseball Commissioner’s Office and Duke Energy. Schiappa, who spent nearly three decades in the Senate, knows how members in the upper chamber think.

 

Missy Edwards, Missy Edwards Strategies LLC

Edwards previously held top jobs on Capitol Hill and at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, giving her proximity to key players in the policy and campaign space.

 

Steve Eichenauer, Public Strategies Washington Inc.

A former Democratic aide, Eichenauer specializes in trade at the boutique firm, putting him at the center of some of Washington’s biggest policy fights.

 

Steve Elmendorf and Jimmy Ryan, Subject Matter

Business is booming at this lobbying firm, which has undergone a wholesale transformation by specializing in advocacy and public relations.

 

Holly Fechner, Jon Kyl, Howard Berman and Bill Wichterman, Covington & Burling LLP

Fechner and Wichterman are an influential bipartisan duo; Kyl, a former Republican senator, and Berman, a former Democratic House member, round out the team at this law and lobbying powerhouse. 

 

John Feehery, EFB Advocacy LLC

Feehery’s new firm has already signed big names like 21st Century Fox, Sprint and the RATE Coalition, which is fighting for a lower corporate tax rate. (Feehery is a columnist for The Hill.)

 

Mitchell Feuer and John Anderson, Rich Feuer Anderson

Feuer, a Democratic alum of the Senate Banking Committee, and Anderson, a Republican who served as the top lobbyist for Credit Suisse, helped build a firm that attracts clients such as the London Stock Exchange, online lender SoFi and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

 

Jeff Forbes and Dan Tate Jr., Forbes-Tate Partners

Forbes, who worked for former Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) during the last attempt at tax reform, and Tate, who did a stint in the Clinton White House, are making waves at their bipartisan shop.

 

Elizabeth Frazee, TwinLogic Strategies 

Frazee, a former AOL executive and Capitol Hill aide, runs her small firm with verve, scoring big-time tech and telecommunications clients.

 

Kimberley Fritts, Paul Brathwaite and Josh Holly, Podesta Group 

The firm, which has a diverse clientele, is undergoing change after the announcement that founder Tony Podesta will be stepping down. 

 

Sam Geduldig and John Stipicevic, CGCN Group

Once a four-person shop, the all-Republican CGCN Group has quadrupled in size, adding a public affairs component — including the hiring of former Koch Industries spokesman Ken Spain — to complement its all-star team of lobbyists.

 

Chris Giblin and Moses Mercado, Ogilvy Government Relations

Giblin, a Republican, and Mercado, a Democrat, are the pillars of this successful bipartisan firm.

 

Nicholas Giordano, Washington Council Ernst & Young 

Giordano, a former chief tax counsel for Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee, is an advocate clients will want in their corner during the debate over tax reform.

 

Rich Gold, Kathryn Lehman and Gerry Sikorski, Holland & Knight LLP

The firm’s lobby shop, which represents Native American tribes, cities around the U.S. and corporations, is propelled by Gold, Lehman and Sikorski, a former congressman from Minnesota. 

 

Elizabeth Gore, Marc Lampkin and Al Mottur, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck 

Led by this potent trio, the team at Brownstein has rocketed into the stratosphere, growing the firm’s client base and revenue. 

 

Micah Green, Jason Abel and Luis Fortuño, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

The law and lobby firm’s capabilities are vast; Green is a financial services pro, Abel is an ethics law expert and former aide to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Fortuño served as the governor of Puerto Rico.

 

Ilisa Halpern Paul and Jodie Curtis, District Policy Group

Health care dominates the roster for this firm, with Halpern Paul and Curtis called upon to move the agenda and cultivate relationships on Capitol Hill and in the administration.

 

J. Steven Hart and Susan Hirschmann, Williams & Jensen PLLC

Both Hart and Hirschmann are established Republican power-players able to build relationships in pursuit of policy goals.

 

Ralph Hellmann and David Lugar, Lugar Hellmann Group LLC 

This firm is like a one-two punch: Lugar, the son of former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), brings his experience as a longtime lobbyist to the table for clients, while Hellmann leverages his time working for Republican leadership on Capitol Hill.

 

Michael Herson, American Defense International Inc. 

Herson has earned his stripes over the years, becoming a top lobbyist on defense issues; recently, he’s helped SpaceX take on more established players in Washington. 

 

Mike House, Hogan Lovells LLP

House has decades of K Street experience, giving him a rarefied ability to work through complicated legislative and regulatory tasks.

 

Steven Irizarry and Vin Roberti, Roberti Global LLC

Irizarry is a GOP health-care wiz, while Roberti is a high-profile Democratic donor and strategist; together, they’ve created a small but mighty lobbying shop that, among other things, helped Samsung navigate the recall of exploding cellphone batteries.

 

Joel Johnson, The Glover Park Group LLC

Johnson is one of the go-tos for clients in a jam; beyond his advocacy work for domestic and foreign clients, he provides crisis communications services.

 

Matt Keelen, The Keelen Group LLC

Keelen’s firm is unique in catering to both industry groups and unions, working for the Natural Products Association, the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association and the International Association of Fire Fighters.

 

Ken Kies, Federal Policy Group LLC

Kies has decades of experience in tax policy; few lobbyists will be in such high demand as the Republican Congress considers changes to the tax code. 

 

Lisa Kountoupes, KDCR partners LLC

Kountoupes’s firm is soaring to new heights as it celebrates its 10th anniversary.

 

Blanche Lincoln, Lincoln Policy Group 

Lincoln, a former Democratic senator, has created a K Street success story, signing almost 20 new clients in 2017, primarily in the health-care space.

 

Robert Livingston, The Livingston Group LLC

Livingston, a former congressman and top appropriator, has clients ranging from Oracle to the Democratic Republic of Congo relying on his expertise. 

 

Trent Lott, John Breaux and Jack Kingston, Squire Patton Boggs

This top-flight team of former lawmakers has helped the global firm rebound from a slump, signing the Biotechnology Innovation Organization and BAE Systems in the past year. 

 

Sander Lurie, Dentons US LLP

Lurie has nearly three decades of public policy experience to draw upon as he represents members of the Fortune 500. 

 

Bruce Mehlman and David Castagnetti, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas Inc.

When they aren’t fighting for clients on Capitol Hill, Mehlman and Castagnetti travel around the country providing insight for groups outside the Beltway  into how American leaders think.

 

Kyle Nevins and Steve Stombres, Harbinger Strategies LLC

Having worked for former Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Nevins and Stombres have valuable connections to the close-knit world of House GOP leadership. 

 

Larry O’Brien, The OB-C Group LLC

O’Brien is a Democratic mover and shaker who has been working on gun control for Everytown for Gun Safety and on tax policy for Intuit, the maker of TurboTax. 

 

Tom O’Donnell, Gephardt Group Government Affairs

The firm founded by former Democratic Rep. Dick Gephardt (Mo.) is flush with clients, including working for Bayer as the company attempts a mega-merger with Monsanto.

 

Kevin O’Neill and Eugenia Pierson, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

This duo was brought on in January 2016 to help build out the law firm’s lobbying practice; since then, advocacy revenues are on pace to more than double over last year. 

 

Manny Ortiz, VantageKnight Inc.

A year after leaving top K Street firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, the Democratic operative is flourishing, keeping a prized contract with CITGO Petroleum and expanding his work for Puerto Rico. 

 

Scott Pastrick and Charlie Black, Prime Policy Group 

Genuine Washington insiders, Pastrick and Black are political animals who move freely between the worlds of lobbying and campaigns.

 

Jeff Peck, Peck Madigan Jones 

Peck brings sterling Democratic credentials — having worked for then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) — to clients like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, the Business Roundtable and the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation.

 

Steven Phillips, DLA Piper LLP

Phillips, who worked for a former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, clears the way for defense clients looking to work with the federal government.

 

Jim Pitts and Chris Cox, Navigators Global  LLC

The firm has already matched its revenues for all of 2016 this year as it goes into overdrive for clients such as Oracle and the Puerto Rico Statehood Council. 

 

Heather Podesta, Invariant LLC

Podesta rebranded her firm earlier this year, completing the transformation from small start-up to K Street institution. 

 

Brian Pomper, Hunter Bates, Scott Parven, Arshi Siddiqui and Geoff Verhoff, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Pomper and Bates are taking on a new leadership role in the law firm’s lobbying operation, backed by an all-star team that includes Parven, Siddiqui and Verhoff.

 

Thomas Quinn and Rob Smith, Venable LLP 

Quinn is a longtime Democratic operative known all over town, while Smith is a Republican skilled in tax, defense and telecommunications policy.

 

Robert Raben, The Raben Group

Raben mixes corporations and causes at his successful firm; its business sheet includes not only Google, Sprint and Mastercard, but also the Innocence Project, FairVote and Everytown For Gun Safety.

 

John Raffaelli, Jim McCrery and Shannon Finley, Capitol Counsel LLC 

The firm founded by Raffaelli boasts high-level talent like McCrery, the former top Republican on the House tax-writing committee, and Finley, a multifaceted Democratic lobbyist; this year, former Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) also came on board.

 

Mark Rayder, Alston & Bird LLP

Rayder, a former lobbyist for the American College of Gastroenterology and adviser on Capitol Hill, is a trusted resource for clients on health-care policy.

 

Barry Rhoads, Kai Anderson and Jordan Bernstein, Cassidy & Associates Inc.

Rhoads, Anderson and Bernstein are leading the charge to buy the firm back from its parent company, Interpublic Group; their skill in appropriations and defense work is second to none.

 

Emanuel Rouvelas, Darrell Conner, Bart Gordon and James Walsh, K&L Gates LLP

Taxes and appropriations are the bedrock of K&L’s advocacy; think of these lobbyists as the money men. 

 

Scott Segal and Dee Martin, Bracewell LLP

Segal has helped advance coal interests in the midst of a federal overhaul of energy regulations, while Martin focuses on homeland security issues — now working on a push to define “domestic terrorism” under federal law. 

 

Rhod Shaw, Alpine Group 

Shaw can handle any policy issue thrown at him — that’s the versatility that comes after two decades in the lobbying game.

  

Michaela Sims, Sims Strategies 

Sims, a former aide to then-Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), went into business for herself this year; health-care clients like WellCare Health Plans and GlaxoSmithKline quickly followed.

 

Mike Smith and Jim Richards, Cornerstone Government Affairs Inc. 

Smith and Richards can turn a single line of the federal budget into a policy win — to clients, that speaks volumes. 

 

Charlie Spies and Kevin Kelly, Clark Hill PLC

Spies is a Republican political operative at the helm of Clark Hill’s Washington office; Kelly, who worked as an aide to former Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), helps steer the firm’s government and public affairs practice.

 

Tracy Spicer, Avenue Solutions

Spicer, a former aide to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), has kept her all-Democratic firm humming along this year, with the debate over health care driving business.

 

Russ Sullivan and Michael Drobac, McGuireWoods Consulting

As the longtime staff director for the Senate Finance Committee, Sullivan knows tax policy inside and out; Drobac is an expert on all things tech.

 

David Tamasi, Rasky Partners, Inc.

Tamasi has long been a prolific GOP fundraiser; in addition to his advocacy work, he served as the finance chairman for Trump Victory, a key money machine connected to the Republican Party.

 

Linda Tarplin, Tarplin, Downs & Young LLC 

Tarplin, a longtime consultant and lobbyist, has an impressive roster of health-care clients to her name. 

 

Carl Thorsen and Alec French, Thorsen French Advocacy

This two-man bipartisan firm often works on issues that are off the beaten path for clients such as the American Association for Justice, the Directors Guild of America and Cultural Care Au Pair.

 

David Urban and Manus Cooney, American Continental Group 

Urban, who helped President Trump in Urban’s home state of Pennsylvania, has a client list that keeps growing; Cooney, a former chief counsel and staff director for Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is a virtuoso at intellectual policy.

 

Stu Van Scoyoc, Van Scoyoc Associates

Van Scoyoc has cultivated a bipartisan firm with roots in appropriations issues, helping out clients such as SeaWorld, Airports Council International, the city of San Diego and the Cleveland Clinic. 

 

Stewart Verdery, Monument Policy Group LLC

It’s been nothing but growth since Verdery founded his shop more than 10 years ago; they’ve launched a public affairs arm and reopened a Seattle office this year.

 

Jack Victory and Rick Shelby, Capitol Hill Consulting Group 

Victory is a CEO with a knack for developing legislative strategy; Shelby wields power in the energy space and in state politics.

 

Scott Weaver, Wiley Rein LLP

Weaver, who worked as an adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) White House bid, has been helping push through the merger of AT&T and Time Warner and signed FitBit this year when it  faced a tariffs issue.

 

Vin Weber, Mercury

The former Republican congressman from Minnesota has access to the inner sanctums of politics; he lends his expertise to companies such as Airbnb, Navient and foreign clients like the government of Qatar. 

 

Jonathan Yarowsky, WilmerHale 

Yarowsky’s client sheet spans multiple industry sectors, setting the tone as co-chairman of the firm’s public policy and legislative affairs practice.

 

To view the original article, click here.

Top Lobbyists 2018

By The Hill staff - 12/13/18 

 

Welcome to The Hill’s Top Lobbyists 2018.

Here you’ll find the most distinguished and accomplished professionals from the influence world who are on the front lines of the nation’s most consequential political and policy battles.

The lobbying world faces new pressures and is under greater scrutiny than ever. But the select few on the list have demonstrated their ability to wield influence and deliver results on Capitol Hill and in the administration on behalf of clients and groups seeking a voice in Washington.

Many of the advocates on the list don’t fit the traditional definition of a lobbyist, and only a portion are registered as such. Some are known as “hired guns,” who are brought on in times of crisis, while others represent the nation’s most iconic companies, industries and unions, as well as grassroots groups.

The nation’s capital is teeming with lobbyists and influencers, but when the stakes are at their highest, these are the players at the top of their game, known for their ability to successfully navigate the byzantine and competitive world of federal policymaking.

 

Corporate

Jane Adams, Johnson & Johnson

Cory B. Alexander, UnitedHealth Group Inc.

Bryan Anderson, Southern Co.

Bill Barloon, Sprint Nextel Corp.

Wayne Berman, Blackstone Group LP

Karan Bhatia, Google LLC

Ruchi Bhowmik, PepsiCo Inc.

Abigail Blunt, The Kraft Heinz Co.

Dwayne Carson, The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Maria Cino, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Peter Cleveland and Norberto Salinas, Intel Corp.

Kenneth W. Cole, Pfizer Inc.

Mo Cowan, General Electric Co.

Terri Fariello, United Airlines

Bob Filippone, Merck & Co.

Tucker Foote and Nichole Francis, Mastercard Inc.

Maggie Gage, Credit Suisse Group AG

Matt Gelman and Fred Humphries, Microsoft Corp.

Bruce Harris, Walmart Inc.

Robert Helm, General Dynamics Corp.

Brian Hendricks, Nokia Corp.

Guy Hicks, Airbus Group

Ed Hill, Bank of America Corp.

Robert Hoffman, Accenture

Jessica Hogle, PG&E Corp.

Brian Huseman, Amazon

Alethia Jackson, Walgreen Co.

Lesley A. Kalan, Northrop Grumman Corp.

Joel Kaplan, Facebook Inc.

Timothy Keating, Boeing Co.

Heather Kennedy, The Home Depot Inc.

Laura Lane, Dontai Smalls and Mike Kiely, United Parcel Service Inc.

Melissa Lavinson, Pepco Holdings

Matt Lavoie, Koch Companies

Chris Leahy, Intuit Inc.

Curt Magleby, Ford Motor Co.

Meagan McCanna, Airbnb Inc.

Tim McKone, AT&T Inc.

Jake Menefee, Marathon Petroleum Corp.

Jeanne Mitchell, Exxon Mobil Corp.

Mara Motherway, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.

Michael Moran, Zurich North America

Chandler Morse, Workday Inc.

Christopher Myers, Caterpillar Inc.

Sarah Novascone, The Travelers Companies Inc.

Chris Padilla, IBM Corp.

Dean Pappas and Steve English, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.

Michael Paese and Michael Thompson, The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Adam Peterman, Marie Sylla-Dixon and Michelle Persaud, T-Mobile US Inc.

Mike Parrish, Bayer Corp.

Robert Rangel, Lockheed Martin Corp.

Louis Renjel, Duke Energy Corp.

Isaac Reyes, Target Corp.

Mitch Rose, Comcast Corp.

Brian Smith, Regions Bank

Matt Stanton, Under Armour

Lynn Starr, Ericsson

Ryan Stenger, TimkenSteel Corp.

Jonathan Weisgall, Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co.

Candi Wolff, Citigroup Inc.

Molly Wilkinson and Nate Gatten, American Airlines Inc.

Cherie Wilson, General Motors Co.

Heather Wingate, Delta Air Lines Inc.

 

Grass roots

Brandon Arnold, National Taxpayers Union

Lauren Augustine, Student Veterans of America

Matt Bennett, Third Way

Michael Breen, Human Rights First

Garrett Bess, Heritage Action for America

Ana Unruh Cohen and John Bowman, Natural Resources Defense Council

Ken Cook, Environmental Working Group

Chris Cox, National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action

Andrea Delgado, Earthjustice

Steve Ellis, Taxpayers for Common Sense

Marvin Feuer, American Israel Public Affairs Committee

Karen Hobert Flynn and Aaron Scherb, Common Cause

Lily Eskelsen García, National Education Association

Leo Gerard, United Steelworkers

Kate Gould, Friends Committee on National Legislation

Vanita Gupta, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Joshua Habursky, Grassroots Professional Network

Mary Kay Henry, Service Employees International Union

Craig Holman and Lisa Gilbert, Public Citizen

Frederick Isasi, Families USA

Gary Jones, United Auto Workers

Fred Krupp, Environmental Defense Fund

Nancy LeaMond, AARP

Joanne Lin, Francisco Bencosme and Ryan Mace, Amnesty International USA

Meredith McGehee, Issue One

Bill McKibben and May Boeve, 350.org

Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. Public Interest Research Group

Eric Mitchell, Adtalem Global Education

RaShawn Mitchell, National Wildlife Federation

Janet Murguía, UnidosUS

Katie Murtha, Environment America and U.S. Public Interest Research Group

Matthew Myers, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform

Tim Phillips, Americans for Prosperity

Melinda Pierce, Sierra Club

Paul Rieckhoff, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Andrew Roth, Club for Growth

Lee Saunders, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

Thomas Schatz, Citizens Against Government Waste

Faiz Shakir, American Civil Liberties Union

Christopher Shelton, Communications Workers of America

Tiernan Sittenfeld, League of Conservation Voters

Richard Trumka and Bill Samuel, AFL-CIO

Heather Valentine, Bread for the World

Fred Wertheimer, Democracy 21

Dylan Williams, J Street

 

Associations

Dana Atkins, Military Officers Association of America

Greg Baer and Anthony Cimino, Bank Policy Institute

Mitch Bainwol, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

Mark Baker, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Meredith Attwell Baker, CTIA

Greg Barnes, Digital Media Association

Tori Barnes, U.S. Travel Association

Michael Beckerman, Internet Association

Kenneth Bentsen Jr., Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

B. Dan Berger and Brad Thaler, National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions

Joshua Bolten, Business Roundtable

John Bozzella, Global Automakers

Kevin Burke and Annie Russo, Airports Council International — North America

Steve Caldeira, Household & Commercial Products Association

Nicholas Calio, Christine Burgeson and Sean Kennedy, Airlines for America

Chase Cannon and Matt Willette, American Optometric Association

Robert Cresanti, International Franchise Association

Geoff Cooper, Renewable Fuels Association

Greg Crist, AdvaMed

Chester “Chip” Davis Jr., Association for Accessible Medicines

Jeffrey D. DeBoer, The Real Estate Roundtable

Richard Deem, American Medical Association

Cal Dooley and Bryan Zumwalt, American Chemistry Council

Roger Dow, Tori Barnes and Jonathan Grella, U.S. Travel Association

Juanita Duggan, National Federation of Independent Business

Martin Edwards, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America

Eric Fanning, Aerospace Industries Association

Jennifer Fisher, American Dental Association

Geoff Freeman, Grocery Manufacturers Associations

David French, National Retail Federation  

Lee Fuller, Independent Petroleum Association of America

Dean Garfield and Ricky Le, Information Technology Industry Council

Marco Giamberardino, National Electrical Contractors Association

Elizabeth Goodman, America’s Health Insurance Plans

Chet Thompson, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

Mark Gorman and David Culver, Distilled Spirits Council

Jimi Grande, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies

James Greenwood, Biotechnology Innovation Organization

Edward Hamberger, Association of American Railroads

Jason Hartke, Alliance to Save Energy

Jerry Howard, National Association of Home Builders

Erik Huey, Entertainment Software Association

Richard Hunt, Consumer Bankers Association

Chip Kahn, Federation of American Hospitals

Heather O’Beirne Kelly and Karen Studwell, American Psychological Association

Maria Korsnick, Nuclear Energy Institute

Thomas Kuhn and Brian Wolff, Edison Electric Institute

Linda Lipsen, American Association for Justice

Katherine Lugar, American Hotel & Lodging Association

Gail MacKinnon and Patrick Kilcur, Motion Picture Association of America

Dave McCurdy and George Lowe, American Gas Association

Shannon McGahn, National Association of Realtors

Nancy McLernon, Organization for International Investment

Mark Merritt, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association

Linda Moore, TechNet

Susan Neely, American Council of Life Insurers

Rob Nichols, American Bankers Association

Rich Nolan, National Mining Association

Jim Nussle and Ryan Donovan, Credit Union National Association

Stacy Papadopoulos, Sara Slane and Chris Cylke, American Gaming Association

Mark Parkinson, American Health Care Association

Bob Pease, Brewers Association

Richard Pollack, American Hospital Association

Michael Powell, NCTA — The Internet & Television Association

Craig Purser and Laurie Knight, National Beer Wholesalers Association

Rebeca Romero Rainey and Paul Merski, Independent Community Bankers of America

Bree Raum, American Wind Energy Association

Dan Roehl and Matt Walker, National Restaurant Association

John Rother, National Coalition on Health Care

Bob Rusbuldt and Charles Symington, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America

Jennifer Safavian, Retail Industry Leaders Associatio

Stephen Sandherr, The Associated General Contractors of America

J.C. Scott, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association

Gary Shapiro, Consumer Technology Association

Emily Skor, Growth Energy

Gordon Smith, National Association of Broadcasters

Mike Sommers, American Petroleum Institute

Jonathan Spalter, USTelecom

Kristen Swearingen, Associated Builders and Contractors

Scott Talbott, Electronic Transactions Association

Jeff Tassey, Electronic Payments Coalition

Mary Kay Thatcher, Syngenta

Jay Timmons and Aric Newhouse, National Association of Manufacturers

Stephen Ubl and Lori Reilly, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

Dirk Van Dongen, National Association of Wholesale-Distributors

Andrew Walmsley, R.J. Karney and Scott Bennett, American Farm Bureau Federation

Kirsten Wegner, Modern Markets Initiative

Nathaniel Wienecke, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America

J. Stephen Zielezienski, American Insurance Association

 

Hired Guns

Josh Ackil and Matt Tanielian, Franklin Square Group

Kai Anderson, Barry Rhoads and Jordan Bernstein, Cassidy and Associates

Andy Barbour, Smith-Free Group  

Haley Barbour, Lanny Griffith, Ed Rogers and Loren Monroe, BGR Group

Doyle Bartlett, Eris Group

Bethany Bassett, Rasky Partners

Jennifer Bell, Chamber Hill Strategies

Kirk Blalock and Kirsten Chadwick, Fierce Government Relations

John Blount, Ervin Hill Strategy

Dan Boston, Health Policy Source

Chuck Brain, Capitol Hill Strategies  

Paul Brathwaite, Federal Street Strategies

Rob Chamberlin and Sam Whitehorn, Signal Group Consulting

Rob Collins and Mike Ference, S-3 Group

Justin Daly, Daly Consulting Group

Tom Daschle and Nathan Daschle, The Daschle Group

Licy Do Canto, The Do Canto Group

Michael Drobac, Robert Wasinger and Mona Mohib, McGuireWoods Consulting

Ken Duberstein and David Schiappa, The Duberstein Group

Ingrid Duran, D&P Creative Strategies

Missy Edwards, Missy Edwards Strategies

Steve Eichenauer, Public Strategies Washington Inc.

Steve Elmendorf and Jimmy Ryan, Subject Matter

Holly Fechner, Howard Berman, Bill Wichterman and Muftiah McCartin, Covington & Burling LLP

John Feehery, EFB Advocacy

Mitchell Feuer and John Anderson, Rich Feuer Anderson

Camden Fine, Calvert Advisors LLC

Jeff Forbes and Dan Tate Jr., Forbes Tate Partners

Jim Flood, Crowell & Moring

Omar Franco, Becker

Elizabeth Frazee, TwinLogic Strategies

Kimberley Fritts, Cogent Strategies

Sam Geduldig, John Stipicevic and Mike Catanzaro, CGCN Group

Chris Giblin, Moses Mercado and Karissa Willhite, Ogilvy Government Relations

Nicholas Giordano, Washington Council Ernst & Young

Rich Gold, Kathryn Lehman and David Whitestone, Holland & Knight

Micah Green, Jason Abel and Luis Fortuño, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Gregg Hartley and Andy Blunt, Husch Blackwell Strategies

Ralph Hellmann and David Lugar, Lugar Hellmann Group

Michael Herson, American Defense International

Mike Hettinger, Hettinger Strategy Group

Susan Hirschmann, Williams & Jensen

Josh Holly, Holly Strategies

Mike House, Hogan Lovells

Steven Irizarry and Vin Roberti, Roberti Global

Joel Johnson, The Glover Park Group

Matt Keelen, The Keelen Group

Ken Kies, The Federal Policy Group

Israel Klein and Matt Johnson, Klein/Johnson Group

Lisa Kountoupes, Lori Denham and Julie Hershey Carr, KDCR partners LLC

Chris Lamond and Andy Rosenberg, Thorn Run Partners

Marc Lampkin and Al Mottur, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Blanche Lincoln, Lincoln Policy Group

Robert Livingston, The Livingston Group LLC

Esteban López-Rosado, LGA Strategies

Trent Lott, John Breaux and Jack Kingston, Squire Patton Boggs

Patrick Martin, Cozen O’Connor

Bruce Mehlman, David Castagnetti, Lauren Aronson, Dean Rosen and David Thomas, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas

Jeff Miller, Miller Strategies

Majida Mourad, Tellurian

Kyle Nevins and Steve Stombres, Harbinger StrategiesLarry O’Brien, The OB-C Group

Tom O’Donnell, Gephardt Government Affairs

Kevin O’Neill, Eugenia Pierson, Greg Louer and Dana Weekes, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Manuel Ortiz, VantageKnight

Scott Pastrick and Charlie Black, Prime Policy Group

Ilisa Halpern Paul and Jodie Curtis, District Policy Group

Jeff Peck and Andrew McKechnie, Peck Madigan Jones

Steven Phillips, DLA Piper

Jim Pitts and Chris Cox, Navigators Global

Heather Podesta, Invariant

Brian Pomper, Hunter Bates, Scott Parven, Arshi Siddiqui and Geoff Verhoff, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Lendell Porterfield, Dwight Fettig and Dawn Sears, Porterfield, Fettig & Sears LLC

Thomas Quinn, Venable LLP

Robert Raben, The Raben Group

John Raffaelli, Shannon Finley, Warren Tryon, Ann Jablon and Jeffery Walter, Capitol Counsel

Bob Rapoza, Rapoza Associates

Mark Rayder, Alston & Bird

Chuck Rocha, Solidarity Strategies

Emanuel Rouvelas, Darrell Conner, Bart Gordon and James Walsh, K&L Gates

John Russell and Sander Lurie, Dentons

Scott Segal and Dee Martin, Bracewell

Rhod Shaw and Jason Schendle, Alpine Group

Michaela Sims, Sims Strategies

Mike Smith and Jim Richards, Cornerstone Government Affairs

Charlie Spies and Kevin Kelly, Clark Hill

Tracy Spicer, Avenue Solutions

David Tamasi, Chartwell Strategy Group

Linda Tarplin, Tarplin, Downs & Young LLC

Carl Thorsen and Alec French, Thorsen French Advocacy

David Urban and Manus Cooney, American Continental Group

Stu Van Scoyoc, Van Scoyoc Associates

Nicole Venable, Bockorny Group

Stewart Verdery, Monument Policy Group

Jack Victory and Rick Shelby, Capitol Hill Consulting Group

Alex Vogel, The Vogel Group

Henry Waxman, Waxman Strategies

Scott Weaver, Wiley Rein LLP

Vin Weber and Bryan Lanza, Mercury

Wintta Woldemariam, King & Spalding

Jonathan Yarowsky and Rob Lehman, WilmerHale

 

To view the original article, click here.

Top Lobbyists 2016: Hired Guns

By The Hill staff - 10/26/16

 

Every day, thousands of law firms, associations and advocacy groups seek to exert influence over policymaking away from the glare of presidential and congressional politics.

In such a crowded field, a select few have shown an ability to get things done — and it’s those movers and shakers who are among The Hill’s Top Lobbyists.
From the “hired guns” who populate K Street, to the lobbyists who derive strength from grassroots organizing, to the trade associations harnessing industry might, to the professionals representing America’s biggest companies, influence comes in many forms.

Many of the people on The Hill’s list are not formally registered to lobby. We use the term broadly here to encompass Washington’s influence arena and those who do battle within it.

 

Josh Ackil andMatt Tanielian, Franklin Square Group 

From Apple to Uber, the hottest names in the tech world trust this bipartisan firm with their advocacy efforts.

 

Andy Barbour, Smith-Free Group 

Barbour, a former Clinton administration official, is among the top Democrats on K Street when it comes to financial issues.

 

Haley Barbour, Lanny Griffith, Ed Rogers andLoren Monroe, BGR Group 

This GOP-run powerhouse has made strategic Democratic hires in recent years, giving it more range when representing its stacked client roster.

 

Doyle Bartlett, Eris Group 

The firm is well established in the financial services landscape, counting everyone from angel investors to hedge funds to payday lenders as clients.

 

Hunter Bates andGeoff Davis, Republic Consulting LLC 

Bates, a former top staffer for Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and Davis, a former congressman from Kentucky, have a small but mighty advocacy team.

 

Kirk Blalock, Fierce Government Relations

A veteran of the George W. Bush administration, Blalock helps keep business booming at this all-Republican firm.

 

Dan Boston, Health Policy Source Inc. 

Boston runs this health-centric shop, which has been busy working on Medicare-related issues for clients like the American Medical Group Association, the Alliance for America’s Hospitals and Centene Corporation.

 

Chuck Brain, Capitol Hill Strategies LLC 

Brain, a fixture of the lobbying business, has been representing top-flight clients like Altria Client Services, the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America and Ally Financial.

 

Robert Chamberlin andSam Whitehorn, Signal Group

The pioneering lobbying and PR shop is reinventing itself for a new era after the departure of founder Steve McBee.

 

Rob Collins and Mike Ference, S-3 Group

The firm’s ties to GOP leadership and the appropriations committees are an asset when working for Fortune 500 companies on budget and regulatory issues.

 

Justin Daly, Daly Consulting Group 

After stints at the House and Senate banking panels and the Securities and Exchange Commission, Daly has built a firm that is trusted by heavyweights in the financial world.

 

Linda Daschle, LHD & Associates Inc. 

Daschle, a former acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, continues to dominate the aviation space at the firm she founded in 2008.

 

Licy Do Canto, The Do Canto Group

Do Canto brings two decades of Washington experience to the table when fighting for public health initiatives.

 

Ken Duberstein andDavid Schiappa,The Duberstein Group Inc. 

A former chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan, Duberstein commands one of K Street’s most enviable books of business.

 

Missy Edwards, Missy Edwards Strategies

As the former director of development and finance at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Edwards has an insider’s perspective on process and politics.

 

Steve Eichenauer, Public Strategies Washington

Eichenauer, a former aide to Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), runs the lobby shop that juggles advocacy and coalition management for clients.

 

Steve Elmendorf andJimmy Ryan, Subject Matter

The Democratic duo is as connected as they come, powering a lobbying and PR venture that has shown an ability to maneuver around the gridlock on Capitol Hill.

 

John Feehery, QGA Public Affairs

Feehery, the savvy leader of the firm’s communications and government affairs shops, formerly worked for former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and former Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas). He is a columnist for The Hill.

 

Mitchell Feuer andJohn Anderson, Rich Feuer Anderson

The firm nurtured by Feuer and Anderson specializes in financial policy, with success for 13 years and running.

 

Jeff Forbes and Dan Tate Jr., Forbes-Tate 

The bipartisan firm offers clients a spate of communications services, in addition to its federal and grassroots advocacy, and is on pace for its highest lobbying revenues ever.

 

Elizabeth Frazee andSharon Ringley, TwinLogic Strategies 

It’s been a banner year for TwinLogic, with lobbying work for the music streaming service Pandora Media, the Competitive Carriers Association and the Consumer Technology Association.

 

Sam Geduldig andSteve Clark, CGCN Group

The trendsetting Republican firm continues to innovate, adding former reporter Patrick O’Connor to its ranks and opening up a strategic communications arm.

 

Chris Giblin andMoses Mercado, Ogilvy Government Relations

Lobbyists at Ogilvy had a hand in several legislative initiatives this year, including the successful overhaul of toxic chemical regulations.

 

Nick Giordano, Washington Council Ernst & Young 

The fiscal-focused shop is shifting into overdrive as corporate clients such as General Electric, American Express and Mars Inc. lay the groundwork for tax
reform; it’s also the sole lobbying firm for the Newman’s Own Foundation.

 

Rich Gold, Kathryn Lehman andGerry Sikorski, Holland & Knight 

Bringing a collaborative approach to its municipal, industry, foreign and nonprofit clients, lobbyists at Holland & Knight have amassed a business sheet that speaks to results.

 

Micah Green andJason Abel, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

The firm boasts a strong advocacy roster with Green, a longtime financial services policy expert, and Abel, a former aide to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) who specializes in government ethics.

 

Ilisa Halpern Paul, District Policy Group

Serving as the advocacy offshoot of the law firm Drinker, Biddle & Reath, the firm made its mark in the world of healthcare policy.

 

J. Steven Hart andSusan Hirschmann, Williams & Jensen PLLC

Hart, a former Reagan administration official, and Hirschmann, who comes armed with House Republican leadership experience, run one of the oldest independent firms in Washington.

 

Ralph Hellmann andDavid Lugar, Lugar Hellmann Group LLC 

Republican operatives Hellmann and Lugar are the only lobbyists at the shop, but the pairing has attracted businesses from some of the nation’s largest companies.

 

Michael Herson, American Defense International Inc. 

Herson, a longtime lobbyist and former Defense Department official, is an institution in the intelligence and defense communities.

 

Mike House, Hogan Lovells

An industry veteran, House brings invaluable experience to the table for clients like the insurance company Aflac, the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Airbus.

 

Joel Jankowsky, Scott Parven, Arshi Siddiqui and Michael Drobac, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Business is reaching stratospheric heights at K Street’s No. 1 firm, with action this year on everything from drones to Cuba to healthcare policy.

 

Joel Johnson, The Glover Park Group 

Clients have a trusted guide in Johnson, a former Clinton administration official who leads the advocacy efforts of the public relations powerhouse.

 

Matt Keelen, The Keelen Group LLC

Keelen’s boutique firm, which represents clients including Las Vegas Sands, the Humane Society of the United States and the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, has been taking its revenue numbers to new heights.

 

Ken Kies, Federal Policy Group 

The tax policy guru has been in the trenches during a more than three-decade career in Washington; he’s likely to be in high demand as Congress eyes action on tax reform.

 

Lisa Kountoupes, Kountoupes | Denham 

A Clinton administration veteran, Kountoupes has been working on everything from drug approval reform to cybersecurity and recently appeared on the first lobbying contract for the messaging app Slack Communications.

 

Jon Kyl, Howard Berman, Holly Fechner andBill Wichterman, Covington & Burling LLP

The law and lobby firm has been boosting its revenues over the last year and a half since Kyl, a former GOP senator, became free to lobby.

 

Marc Lampkin andAl Mottur, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck 

Lampkin, a former aide to former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), and Mottur, a top bundler on K Street for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, are riding high at what is now the second-highest-grossing lobby shop in Washington.

 

Blanche Lincoln, Lincoln Policy Group 

The former Democratic senator from Arkansas helped Monsanto tackle the labeling of genetically modified foods; she also manages policy advocacy for the environmental charity Ocean Conservancy.

 

Bob Livingston, The Livingston Group LLC

Livingston, a former congressman whose firm has long held sway on K Street, was among the first lobbyists to get behind GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

 

Trent Lott and John Breaux, Squire Patton Boggs

Former lawmakers Lott and Breaux are the engine of the firm’s lobbying machine, which represents clients like Amazon and Saudi Arabia.

 

Sander Lurie, Dentons

A former Senate aide, Lurie guides clients through thickets of legislative and regulatory issues at what is now the largest law firm in the world.

 

Bruce Mehlman andDavid Castagnetti, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas 

This bipartisan firm knows how to get things done in every political climate, a big selling point in an era of congressional gridlock.

 

Larry O’Brien, The OB-C Group LLC

Since forming the bipartisan firm in 1993, O’Brien, a prominent Democrat, has done policy work all across the spectrum.

 

Tom O’Donnell, Gephardt Group Government Affairs

O’Donnell has been a force in the lobbying world since he co-founded the firm with former House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.) almost a decade ago.

 

Kevin O’Neill andEugenia Pierson, Arnold & Porter LLP

O’Neill and Pierson joined the firm from Squire Patton Boggs and are building out the law firm’s lobbying capabilities with gusto.

 

John O’Neill andManny Rossman, Harbinger Strategies

With years of combined experience working in leadership and on influential committees, the GOP operatives of this four-person firm can reach Capitol Hill’s most powerful Republicans.

 

Manny Ortiz, VantageKnight, Inc.

Ortiz, a Democratic Party powerbroker, left Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck this year to form his own venture.

 

R. Scott Pastrick andCharlie Black, Prime Policy Group 

Pastrick, a former Democratic National Committee official, and Black, a former adviser to the White House runs of George W. Bush and John McCain, have spent time at the highest levels of political campaigns.

 

Jeff Peck, Peck Madigan Jones 

Peck has shown a knack for breaking through on tough financial services issues.

 

Steven Phillips, DLA Piper 

Whether it’s dealing with federal agencies or Capitol Hill, Phillips has it covered for his robust client sheet.

 

Jim Pitts andChris Cox, Navigators Global 

Pitts, a George H.W. Bush alum, and Cox, a veteran of the George W. Bush White House, have wielded influence on several big-ticket issues, including a funding increase for the National Institutes of Health and the continuation of the wind energy tax credit.

 

Heather Podesta, Heather Podesta + Partners 

Podesta has been a trailblazer on the fundraising and advocacy scene; the Democrat has promised with her Republican colleagues to “Make Lobbying Great Again.”

 

Tony Podesta, Kimberley Fritts, Paul Brathwaite andJosh Holly,
Podesta Group 

The firm’s prowess in advocacy, digital campaigns and international lobbying has kept it at the front of the pack.

 

Thomas Quinn andRobert Smith, Venable LLP 

Quinn and Smith, a Democrat and Republican, respectively, made their reputations by winning big for clients.

 

Robert Raben, The Raben Group 

Raben, a former Justice Department official, has stayed true to his progressive values with his firm, showing there’s more than one way to make it on K Street. 

 

John Raffaelli, Jim McCrery andShannon Finley, Capitol Counsel LLC 

No policy battle is too challenging for this bipartisan firm, which is packed with Republican and Democratic power players.

 

Barry Rhoads and Kai Anderson, Cassidy & Associates

Cassidy has expanded aggressively in the defense, healthcare and energy spaces, building upon the budget and appropriations work that has long been its hallmark.

 

Emanuel Rouvelas, Bart Gordon andJim Walsh, K&L Gates 

Whether it’s drones, space exploration or self-driving cars, the firm moves nimbly at the intersection of technology and regulatory policy.

 

Tom Scully andMark Rayder, Alston & Bird LLP

Scully and Rayder are shaping healthcare policy for the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association, the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Humacyte, a biotechnology and regenerative medicine company.

 

Scott Segal, Bracewell & Giuliani 

Segal is one of the most sought-after names in environmental policy, with expertise few can match.

 

Rhod Shaw, Alpine Group 

Shaw has taken a leading role for the high-tech industry on spectrum policy, heading up a coalition that includes Cisco, Qualcomm and Intel.

 

Tom Sheridan, The Sheridan Group 

Sheridan, a longtime political operative, uses his influence to push for causes like the Children’s Aid Society and One Action, an international anti-poverty group.

 

Michaela Sims andJennifer Bell, Chamber Hill Strategies

Sims and Bell took a risk to found their own firm and now are reaping the benefits of what is rapidly becoming one of the most successful healthcare-focused shops on K Street.

 

Mike Smith andJim Richards, Cornerstone Government Affairs 

Smith and Richards help the firm leverage its expertise in policy, appropriations and state-level connections to get things done.

 

Tracy Spicer, Avenue Solutions

Spicer and her team stay at the center of healthcare policy, which is no small feat when debates are raging about drug policy, the Affordable Care Act and entitlement programs.

 

Alexander Sternhell, Sternhell Group

A former Senate Banking Committee aide, Sternhell is deeply versed in the complexities of financial services policy.

 

Linda Tarplin, Tarplin, Downs & Young LLC 

Tarplin co-founded the women-run firm a decade ago, and it has become a healthcare shop to be reckoned with.

 

Carl Thorsen andAlec French, Thorsen French Advocacy

Thorsen, a Republican, and French, a Democrat, are an effective one-two punch for their clients.

 

David Urban andManus Cooney, American Continental Group 

Urban, a GOP chief of staff to the late Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), and Cooney, a policy maven who once built out Napster’s Washington office, are on the front lines of several legislative and regulatory battles.

 

Robert Van Heuvelen, VH Strategies 

As a chief of staff to former Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Van Heuvelen knows how to work the levers of the Senate.

 

Stu Van Scoyoc, Van Scoyoc Associates 

The budget and appropriations process is an intimidating landscape; Van Scoyoc knows his way around every inch of it. 

 

Stewart Verdery, Monument Policy Group 

The bipartisan lobbying firm, founded by Bush administration alum Verdery, helped the U.S. Olympic Committee convince Congress to nix the tax on Olympic medals.

 

Jack Victory andRick Shelby, Capitol Hill Consulting Group 

Victory, a former aide to former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), brings budget and energy know-how to Capitol Hill battles.

 

Vin Weber, Mercury

The former Republican congressman from Minnesota remains close to GOP policymakers and operatives, giving him power behind the scenes.

 

Jonathan Yarowsky, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP 

He draws on decades of expertise to score for clients such as the American Association for Justice, Walgreen Co., the Beer Institute and Charter Communications.

 

To view the original article, click here.