First Street 30 – Ex-Congressional Staffers

1,888 former Congressional staffers disclosed their active lobbying in the first three quarters of 2011. Compared to the ex-members, the ex-staffers on this list average more clients and a greater representation of large corporate interests, but they have lower-paying clients on average. The heavy representation of Fortune 100 clients, with an average of over seven per lobbyist, shows that corporations have found that hiring lobbyists with staff experience on Capitol Hill is crucial to achieving their policy goals.

The List

Randall Gerard — Podesta Group, Inc.

Gerard’s short stint as a GOP staffer for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation—chaired at the time by Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona—was sufficient to launch his career on K Street and eventually land him at Podesta Group, Inc., one of the top lobbying firms. More

  • Number of Clients: 56
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $9,390,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 8

Christopher W. Hatcher — Williams and Jensen, PLLC.
With six years of experience working on tax and trade issues for McInnis, Hatcher hooked up with Williams and Jensen in 2004 to focus on the same issues and build up a clientele base that numbered more than 60 in 2011. More

  • Number of Clients: 62
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $7,880,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 8

Kate Hull — Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock
Hull is a former staff director for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions’ Subcommittee on Aging, where she led efforts to address the nation’s nursing shortage. More

  • Number of Clients: 50
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $7,750,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 11

Drew Maloney — Ogilvy Government Relations
Maloney is the former legislative director to the ex-Texas GOP congressman and House Majority Leader Tom Delay, who resigned in 2005 amidst a campaign finance investigation. More

  • Number of Clients: 42
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $10,980,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 5

Jeffrey McMillen — Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
A former staff director for the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, McMillen has become a successful lobbyist on federal tax and pension issues for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, which was ranked among the top 20 corporate law firms in 2010 by Corporate Board Member. More

  • Number of Clients: 40
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $9,250,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 11

Michael Merola—Winning Strategies Washington
A former top aide to former senator Robert Torricelli, D-N.J., Merola is founding partner of Winning Strategies Washington, where he co-directs the firm’s health care, education, and transportation policy practices, as well as its appropriations practice. More

  • Number of Clients: 57
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $3,050,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 1

Daniel Meyer — The Duberstein Group, Inc.
Meyer has one of the most impressive resumes of anyone in his field—a former chief of staff to Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., he also served as the White House’s liaison to the House in 2007 and 2008. More

  • Number of Clients: 27
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $7,132,833
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 8

Jonathan Talisman — Capitol Tax Partners, LLP
As one of Washington’s most successful tax lobbyists, Talisman draws on his considerable experience in tax policy in both the legislative and executive branches. More

  • Number of Clients: 59
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $8,310,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 14

Alex Vogel — Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc.
A former counsel to Senate GOP leader Bill Frist of Tennessee and cofounder of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc., Vogel is on the speaking circuit and a frequent contributor on major news programs. More

  • Number of Clients: 60
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $8,180,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 8

Letitia White — Innovative Federal Strategies, LLC
White spent more than two decades as an aide to Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., a long-time fixture on the Committee on Appropriations’ Defense Subcommittee. More

  • Number of Clients: 47
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $1,940,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 3

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See the Methodology section of this report for more information on the data used and how the First Street 30 were selected.

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