- Number of Clients: 35
- Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $8,380,000
- Average Amount Each Client Paid Firm: $239,429
- Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 8
- Notable Clients: Tyson Foods; Raytheon; EADS North America
John Breaux was known for his fondness for negotiating when he served as a Democratic senator from Louisiana; he once famously quipped that while his vote could not be bought, “it could be rented.” It was not surprising to most observers when Breaux decided to leave legislative office for the more lucrative deal-cutting world of K Street. Together with his friend, former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, he runs one of the most formidable lobbying operations in Washington, bringing in more than $8.3 million through the third quarter of 2011. The firm’s roughly three-dozen clients include numerous Fortune 100 firms, such as General Electric and Tyson Foods. Breaux also draws on his background as a longtime member of the Senate Finance Committee to focus on health care issues. The Home Health Advocacy Coalition and the National Association of Home Care and Hospice are among the firm’s clients. Breaux is also known for his advocacy on behalf of his state’s oil and natural gas industry and his work on energy matters for clients such as Shell and America’s Natural Gas Alliance. His son, John Breaux Jr., works for the firm, as does Lott’s son, Chester Trent Lott.