K Street Lines Up for Romney: Lobbyist Contributors

Lobbyist Donations to Current GOP Presidential Candidates in 2011

Mitt Romney dominates his rivals, counting 311 lobbyists as donors to his presidential campaign, including 39 lobbying organizations have had more than one lobbyist donate (see Appendix E).  This number is eleven times higher than all the other lobbyist donors to the other candidates.  It is clear that K Street is placing their bets with who they think the winner will be.  Of course just as telling as the number of lobbyists’ donations to the Romney campaign is the number of former staffers of the other candidates who have not donated to their campaigns.  Rick Santorum has 14 current lobbyists who used to be his staffers, yet only five of them have donated to his presidential campaign.

Organizations with the Most Lobbyists Donating to Romney in 2011

Firm Number of Lobbyists Donating
Dutko Worldwide 7
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck 6
Cypress Advocacy 6
Chamber of Commerce of The U.S.A. 5
DLA Piper 4
Podesta Group 4
Patton Boggs 4
IBM 3
J.P. Morgan Chase Bank 3
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld 3
Ernst & Young LLP (Washington Council Ernst & Young) 3
Ogilvy Government Relations 3
Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications 3
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association 3
The Goldman Sachs Group 3
The Nickles Group 3
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America 3

Lobbyist Donations to Current GOP Candidates in 2011


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Correction: An earlier version of the report incorrectly stated that 11 DLA Piper lobbyists had donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign the actual number of lobbyists who have contributed to the Romney campaign is 4.

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