K Street Lines Up for Romney: Lobbyist Campaign Officials

The two GOP frontrunners, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, never registered as lobbyists; this statement, though, does not apply to their campaign officials.  Rick Santorum counts just three people affiliated with his campaign who have been registered lobbyists, two representing major healthcare companies and one who was involved in the Abramoff scandal.

  • James A D’Alessio:  A lobbyist for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
  • Jennifer Vesey Rossman:  A lobbyist at Jeffrey J. Kimbell and Associates representing major health care clients. Key Clients: Roche; Abbott; Covidien; Astellas
  • James Hirni:  A former lobbyist, who was involved with the Abramoff scandal.

Mitt Romney boasts the most lobbying connections to his campaign, with nine advisors and one official campaign staffer who has registered as lobbyists in the past.  The Romney-affiliated lobbyists are anything but ordinary lobbyists: these professionals represent some of the heavy hitters on K Street.  They boast impressive resumes of government experience, six of whom swung through the revolving door working for the government, and are among the leaders at their firms.

Collectively these lobbyists affiliated with Romney have represented 256 clients who have paid their firms over $88.0 million since 2004 for their services (See Appendix C).  Of the 256 clients, 22 of them have spent over $1.0 million since 2004 with a Romney campaign-affiliated lobbyist.  In 2011 these lobbyists have represented 42 clients paying over $5.0 million for their services (See Appendix D).  While no organization can claim to have hired three or more Romney-affiliated lobbyists, eight organizations have hired two Romney-affiliated lobbyists.

Mitt Romney’s Campaign Lobbyists

Gene Schaerr

  • Justice Advisory Committee – Mitt Romney
  • Lobbyist – Winston & Strawn, LLP (2007–2009)
  • Key Client: American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges & Universities

Lee A. Casey

  • Justice Advisory Committee – Mitt Romney
  • Lobbyist – Baker & Hostetler LLP (2004–2008)
  • Key Clients: Tyco; ESP Global; Southern Company

Richard F. Wiley

  • Justice Advisory Committee Chair – Mitt Romney
  • Lobbyist- Wiley Rein LLP (2004-2007)
  • Key Clients: A.H. Belo; Gannett

Richard Williamson

  • Foreign Policy & National Security Advisor – Mitt Romney
  • Lobbyist – Winston & Strawn, LLP (2009-2009)
  • Lobbyist – Mayer Brown LLP (2004-2006)
  • Key Clients: Boeing; Pfizer; Roche

Roderick DeArment

  • Justice Advisory Committee Chair – Mitt Romney
  • Lobbyist – Covington & Burling LLP (2004-present)
  • Key Clients: Amazon; John Hancock; Alcatel-Lucent

Ronald Kaufman

  • Senior Advisor – Mitt Romney
  • Lobbyist – Dutko Worldwide, LLC (2004–2010)
  • Key Clients: Eisai; Allergan; American Pacific

James Talent (former Senator (2002-07) and Representative (1993-2001) from Missouri)

  • Economic Policy Team – Mitt Romney
  • Lobbyist – Arent Fox (2001-2001)

Stephen Rademaker

  • Foreign Policy & National Security Advisor – Mitt Romney
  • Lobbyist – Podesta Group, Inc. (2011–Present)
  • Lobbyist – Barbour Griffith & Rogers, LLC (2007–2010)
  • Key Clients: Textron; Raytheon; Kurdistan Regional Government

Vin Weber (former Representative (1981-93) from Minnesota)

  • Foreign Policy & National Security Advisor – Mitt Romney
  • Lobbyist – Clark & Weinstock (now known as Mercury/Clark & Weinstock) (2004-Present)
  • Key Clients: Hyundai; Sallie Mae; eBay

Lanhee Chen

  • Policy Director – Mitt Romney
  • Lobbyist – The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) (2001-2003)

Top Paying Organizations that hired a Romney Campaign Advisor Lobbyist since 2004

Lobbyist(s) Firm(s) Client(s)  Total Amount Paid to Firm(s) Period Represented
Vin Weber Clark & Weinstock BNP Paribas $2,220,000 2004-2006
Roderick DeArment Covington & Burlington John Hancock Financial Services $2,210,000 2004-present
Vin Weber Clark & Weinstock Health Net, Inc. $2,130,000 2004-2011
Vin Weber Clark & Weinstock Sallie Mae $1,950,000 2004-present
Vin Weber Clark & Weinstock LeadingAge $1,860,000 2004-2011
Vin Weber Clark & Weinstock Microsoft $1,810,000 2004-2006
Roderick DeArment Covington & Burlington 2004-2004
Roderick DeArment Covington & Burlington Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. $1,590,000 2007-2008
Vin Weber Clark & Weinstock Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) $1,510,000 2004-2008
Roderick DeArment Covington & Burlington PMX Industries $1,470,000 2006-2010
Richard Williamson Mayer Brown Pfizer, Inc. $1,380,000 2004-2004
Vin Weber Clark & Weinstock 2006-2007
Vin Weber Clark & Weinstock Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) $1,360,000 2004-2008
Vin Weber Clark & Weinstock Ebay $1,350,000 2004-present
Stephen Rademaker Barbour Griffith & Rogers Kurdistan Regional Government $1,310,000 2008-2010
Ronald Kaufman Dutko American Pacific Corporation $1,310,000 2004-2010
Ronald Kaufman Dutko AT&T $985,000 2004-2005
Vin Weber Clark & Weinstock 2004-2005
Vin Weber Clark & Weinstock Unisys $830,000 2009-2010
Roderick DeArment Covington & Burlington 2009-2010
Roderick DeArment Covington & Burlington IBM $770,000 2008-2010
Stephen Rademaker Barbour Griffith & Rogers 2008-2009
Vin Weber Clark & Weinstock Deloitte LLP $420,000 2006-2010
Stephen Rademaker Podesta 2011-2011
Stephen Rademaker Barbour Griffith & Rogers American Chamber of Commerce In Shanghai $150,000 2009-2010
Vin Weber Clark & Weinstock 2006-2006
Lee A. Casey Baker & Hostetler Tyco $60,000 2004-2006
Stephen Rademaker Podesta 2011-2011

Legislation Lobbied by a Romney Campaign Affiliated Lobbyist

On behalf of their clients the Romney-associated lobbyists have lobbied 357 bills on a range of topics, from Free Trade Agreements to Appropriations (See Appendix B).

Interesting Bills Lobbied by Romney Campaign Affiliated Lobbyists in 2011:

Lobbyist(s)

Legislation

Client(s)

Stephen Rademaker

112 H.R.1540: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012

General Dynamics Corp, Textron, Inc

Roderick DeArment;

Vin Weber

112 H.R.3179: Marketplace Equity Act of 2011

Amazon Corporate LLC;

Ebay, Inc.

Vin Weber

112 H.R.3080: United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act

Hyundai Motor Company

Roderick DeArment

112 S.1551: Medicare Common Access Card Act of 2011

Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society, Inc.

Vin Weber

112 H.R.3581: Budget and Accounting Transparency Act of 2011

Sallie Mae, Inc.

Vin Weber

112 S.734: Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2011

Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association


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