First Street 30 Revealed

Check out the inaugural First Street 30 –  the list of the top earning lobbyists in Washington in 2011. A total of 12,792 professionals lobbied in the first three quarters of 2011. At the top of this group are a small number of individuals so powerful that they have earned a place on the First Street 30. For the first time, a detailed analysis of the scope of the influence of these lobbyists is possible.

The First Street 30 paints a clear picture – the professionals on this list make the most money, have the most clients, and represent the biggest corporations – they are the true lobbying heavyweights in Washington. The First Street 30  includes three categories, each with 10 names: ex-members of Congress; ex-congressional staffers, and professional lobbyists.  

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The names on the First Street 30 list each average over 50 clients. These clients paid an average of $144,737 apiece for the lobbying efforts of the First Street 30 through the first three quarters of 2011.  The First Street 30  are true power players in Washington.

Additional data analysis uncovers several interesting trends surrounding the lobbyists in the First Street 30.   

  • It’s good to be an ex-member of Congress: The average amount received by ex-members of Congress per client topped $178,000 – significantly higher than ex-congressional staffers, and professional lobbyists. 
  •  Big companies spend the most to hire the best.  55 of the Fortune 100 are represented by the First Street 30.

 Now onto the lists.  Here are the top lobbyists of 2011:

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  • Senator John Breaux – Breaux Lott Leadership Group & Patton Boggs
  • Representative Thomas Downey – Downey McGrath Group
  • Representative Victor Fazio – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
  • Representative Richard Gephardt – Gephardt Group Government Affairs
  • Senator Tim Hutchinson – Dickstein Shapiro
  • Representative Robert Livingston – The Livingston Group
  • Senator Trent Lott – Breaux Lott Leadership Group & Patton Boggs
  • Representative James  McCrery, III – Capitol Counsel
  • Representative Bill Paxon – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
  • Representative Vin Weber – Clark & Weinstock


  • Randall Gerard – Podesta Group
  • Christopher W. Hatcher – Williams and Jensen
  • Kate Hull – Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock
  • Drew Maloney – Ogilvy Government Relations
  • Jeffrey McMillen – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
  • Michael Merola – Winning Strategies Washington
  • Daniel Meyer -The Duberstein Group
  • Jonathan Talisman – Capitol Tax Partners
  • Alex Vogel – Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti
  • Letitia White – Innovative Federal Strategies

Professional Lobbyists

  • Wayne Berman – Ogilvy Government Relations
  • Jack MacAuley Burkman – J M Burkman & Associates
  • Jack Steven Hart – Williams and Jensen
  • Lindsay Hooper – Capitol Tax Partners
  • Mark McInytre – Russ Reid Company
  • Anthony Podesta – Podesta Group
  •  John Raffaelli – Capitol Counsel
  • Barney Skladany – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
  • Michael Smith – Cornerstone Government Affairs
  • H Stewart Van Scoyoc – Van Scoyoc Associates & Capitol Decisions

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The First Street Research Group analyzed the available lobbying data from January 1, 2011, through November 6, 2011. Background information on the lobbyists who are ex-members and ex-staffers comes from First Street. See the Methodology section of this report for more information on the data used and how the First Street 30 were selected.


  1. Can you rank the lobby groups by size – actual members. We know AARP is the largest. Who is 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.

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