Representative Thomas Downey — Downey McGrath Group, Inc.

  • Number of Clients: 23
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $1,820,000
  • Average Amount Each Client Paid Firm: $79,130
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 2
  • Notable Clients: Time Warner; Intercontinental Exchange; Credit Union National Association

Former New York Democratic representative Thomas J. Downey made a quick transition onto K Street after nearly two decades in the U.S. House, where he served on the Armed Services, Budget, and Ways and Means committees. He maintained close connections on the Hill and with various White House Democrats—he was a colleague of Al Gore, before Gore entered the Clinton White House. Downey served on Bill Clinton’s presidential transition team, and he helped Clinton rally congressional support for several trade deals, including NAFTA. Those connections enabled him to quickly build a successful lobbying firm, now called Downey McGrath Group Inc.—where in the first three quarters of 2011, Downey reported bringing in $1.8 million from 23 clients. His top client, UC Group Ltd.—based in Bromley in the United Kingdom—hired Downey to monitor measures related to Internet gambling regulations. FedEx Corp., a Fortune 100 company that is also a top-paying client, sought Downey’s expertise on transportation issues, such as an FAA reauthorization measure that threatened to bring FedEx under the same labor laws as UPS. Other key clients have been Time Warner Cable Inc., also a Fortune 100 company, which sought assistance on privacy and copyright legislation; the Intercontinental Exchange; and the Credit Union National Association. Downey in 2007 married Carol Browner, EPA administrator under Clinton and who served as President Obama’s key energy adviser for two years.

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