- Number of Clients: 24
- Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $2,410,000
- Average Amount Each Client Paid Firm: $100,417
- Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 0
- Notable Clients: Sallie Mae; Hyundai; EBay
The former Republican congressman from Minnesota—nearly 20 years after leaving Capitol Hill—remains a prominent GOP strategist with strong party connections that have helped him become a top lobbyist on K Street. Weber briefly served as top advisor to ex-Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty’s 2012 president campaign, then became special advisor for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s White House bid, and is a longtime friend of another GOP contender: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. And Weber’s lending a hand to congressional races as a board member for a new super PAC, Congressional Leadership Fund, which will make independent expenditures on behalf of GOP candidates.
Weber brought in $2.4 million in the first three quarters of 2011 for Clark & Weinstock, where he is a managing partner. His leading client, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, paid the firm $240,000 to monitor implementation of the 2010 financial services reform law and lobby on intellectual property issues. Student loan provider Sallie Mae, Inc. sought Weber’s expertise to lobby on bankruptcy issues relating to the discharge of student loans. Other key clients include Hyundai and eBay. Hyundai has sought to weigh in on issues ranging from driver safety to new fuel standards to labor-relations issues, and pushed for approval of the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement. Clark & Weinstock recently merged with public affairs firm Mercury and named Weber co-chairman, bringing him alongside former representative Max Sandlin, former senator Jim Talent, and former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez.