Facebook Lobbyists – All About Connections

Facebook is making a  lot of friends on Wall Street.  But what about D.C.?  Along with their own lobbying staff, Facebook paid 3 registered lobbying firms to lobby the federal government on  its behalf in 2011.   All told, 22 registered lobbyists lobbied on behalf of Facebook in 2011.  A look at the work histories of these lobbyists shows they are very connected in D.C.  Every one of the 22 current registered lobbyists who lobbied on behalf of Facebook worked for Congress or the White House.  

In December, The First Street 30 quantified the value corporations place on hiring lobbyists with Congressional or federal government experience.    Our research shows, experience is crucial to achieving specific goals – Facebook’s lobbying strategy clearly aligns with this.  Facebook spared no expense assembling this talented roster of lobbyists, spending $1.35 Million in 2011 compared to just $559,268 in all of 2009 and 2010 on lobbying.  One thing is clear, Facebook is the king of social networks and it’s D.C. network is no different.

Highlights

  • Facebook’s lobbyists have worked on the staff of 16 different members of Congress.
  • 6 Congressional Committees have employed a Facebook lobbyist.
  • 5 Facebook lobbyists have worked for the White House under President’s Bush and Obama.
  • Facebook lobbyists combined, have worked in Congress and the White House for over 150 years.
  • 3 lobbying firms are currently lobbying on behalf of Facebook: Elmendorf Ryan, Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock, and TeleMedia Policy Corp.
  • Facebook has lobbied 23 bills and 16 government institutions in 2011.
  • Facebook created a Political Action Committee on September 30, 2011 to donate to political campaigns.

A Look at Facebook’s Current Lobbyists and Their Former Positions

Stacey Alexander (Elmendorf Strategies LLC – dba Elmendorf Ryan)

  • Chief of Staff – Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) 2001-2008

William Kirk Blalock (Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock)

  • Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director for Public Liaison – Office of Public Liaison (The Executive  Office of the President) 2001-2001

Kirsten Chadwick (Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock)

  • Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs for the U.S. House of Representatives – Office of  Legislative Affairs (The Executive Office of the President) 2001-2003

Mark Chappell (Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock)

  • Deputy Chief of Staff – Rep. Chip Pickering (R MS-3) 2001-2002
  • Director of Special Projects – Rep. Chip Pickering (R MS-3) 1997-2000
  • Office Admin., Press Assistant – Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) 1996-1996

Adam Conner (Facebook, Inc.)

  • Online Communications Director – House Committee on Rules 2007-2007

Rob Cogorno (Elmendorf Strategies LLC – dba Elmendorf Ryan)

  • Floor Director – Minority (Democratic) Whip (Rep. Steny Hoyer (D MD)) 2003-2007
  • Research Director – House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee 1995-2002
  • Senior Appropriations Associate Staff – Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT) 1994-1994
  • Appropriations Staff – Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT) 1993-1993

Steven Elmendorf (Elmendorf Strategies LLC – dba Elmendorf Ryan)

  • Chief of Staff – Office of the Minority (Democratic) Leader (Rep. Dick Gephardt (D MO)) 2002-2002
  • Chief of Staff – Office of the Minority (Democratic) Leader (Rep. Dick Gephardt (D MO)) 1997-2001
  • Deputy Chief of Staff – Office of the Minority (Democratic) Leader (Rep. Dick Gephardt (D MO)) 1995-1996
  • Administrative Assistant – Office of the Majority (Democratic) Leader (Rep. Dick Gephardt (D MO)) 1993-1994

Chris Herndon  (Facebook, Inc.)

  • Republican Senior Counsel – Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation 2011-2011
  • Republican Professional Staff Member – Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet (Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation) 2010-2011
  • Legislative Director – Rep. George Radanovich (R-CA) 2007-2010
  • Legislative Counsel (Telecommunications, Health, Commerce, Oversight and Investigation, International Relations) – Rep. George Radanovich (R-CA) 2006-2006
  • Legislative Assistant – Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) 2005-2005

Mark Warren Isakowitz (Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock)

  • Press Secretary – Rep. Paul E. Gillmor (R OH-5) 1993-1993

Aleix Jarvis (Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock)

  • Legislative Director – Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 1998-2004
  • Systems Manager; Senior Legislative Assistant – Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 1995-1997

Myriah Jordan (Facebook, Inc.)

  • General Counsel – Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) 2010-2011
  • Legislative Counsel – Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) 2009-2010
  • Special Assistant to the President for Policy – Office of the Chief of Staff (The Executive Office of the President) 2007-2008

Joel Kaplan (Facebook, Inc.)

  • Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff (Policy) – Office of the Chief of Staff (The Executive Office of the President) 2006-2008
  • Deputy Director – Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 2004-2005
  • Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff for Policy (The Executive Office of the President) – Office of the Chief of Staff 2001-2003

Kristina Kennedy (Elmendorf Strategies LLC – dba Elmendorf Ryan)

  • Legislative Director – Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) 2002-2005
  • Senior Counsel – Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) 2004-2004
  • Legislative Counsel – Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) 2001-2001
  • Legislative Assistant – Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) 1999-2000

Barry Lasala (Elmendorf Strategies LLC – dba Elmendorf Ryan)

  • Counsel – Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship 2007-2007
  • Minority (Democratic) Counsel – Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship 2003-2006

Kate Hull (Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock)

  • Minority Staff Director – Subcommittee on Aging (Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) 2001-2002
  • Legislative Assistant, Health, Taxes, Budget – Sen. Tim Hutchinson (R AK) 1997-2000
  • Legislative Assistant, Labor, Housing, Natural Resources – Sen. William S. Cohen (R ME) 1994-1996
  • Legislative Correspondent – Sen. William S. Cohen (R ME) 1993-1993
  • First Street 30 Profile

Justin W Lilley (TeleMedia Policy Corp.)

  • Counsel – House Committee on Energy and Commerce 1997-2000

Catherine Martin (Facebook, Inc.)

  • Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Communications for Policy and Planning – Communications (The Executive Office of the President) 2005-2007
  • Assistant to the Vice President for Public Affairs – Public Affairs (Office of the Vice President of the United States) 2002-2004

Danielle Maurer (Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock)

  • Director of Member Services – Speaker of the House (Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)) 2011-2011
  • Director of Member Services – Minority (Republican) Leader (Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)) 2008-2011

Billy Piper (Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock)

  • Chief of Staff – Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 2003-2011
  • Senior Legislative Assistant (Appropriations Coordinator, Foreign Affairs, Defense, Trade, Veterans) – Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 1997-2002
  • Legislative Aide – Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 1994-1995
  • Special Assistant, Systems Manager – Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 1993-1993

James Ryan (Elmendorf Strategies LLC – dba Elmendorf Ryan)

  • General Counsel – Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 2001-2002
  • Legislative Assistant – Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 1994-1996

Shanti Stanton (Elmendorf Strategies LLC – dba Elmendorf Ryan)

  • Floor Assistant – Office of the Minority (Democratic) Leader (Rep. Dick Gephardt (D MO)) 2002-2002
  • Deputy Floor Assistant – Office of the Minority (Democratic) Leader (Rep. Dick Gephardt (D MO)) 1999-2001
  • Special Assistant – Office of the Minority (Democratic) Leader (Rep. Dick Gephardt (D MO)) 1997-1997
  • Staff Assistant – Office of the Minority (Democratic) Leader (Rep. Dick Gephardt (D MO)) 1996-1996

Louisa Terrell (Facebook, Inc.)

  • Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs – Office of Legislative Affairs (The Executive Office of the President) 2009-2011
  • Deputy Chief of Staff – Sen. Joseph R. Biden (D DE) 2007-2007
  • Minority (Democratic) Counsel – Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism (Senate Committee on the Judiciary) 2005-2006
  • Minority (Democratic) Counsel – Subcommittee on Crime, Corrections and Victims’ Rights (Senate Committee on the Judiciary) 2003-2004
  • Counsel – Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism (Senate Committee on the Judiciary) 2002-2002

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