First Street 30 – Professional Lobbyists

12,792 professionals actively lobbied in the first three quarters of 2011. Compared to the ex-members and ex-staffers, the First Street 30 professional lobbyists have the highest average number of clients—75 clients each. Representing such a large number of clients demonstrates their ability to apply their knowledge and connections to a wider variety of organizations and interests.

The List

Wayne Berman — Ogilvy Government Relations
As chairman of Ogilvy Government Relations, Berman has been a top-dollar fundraiser and strategist for GOP presidential campaigns for several decades, starting with the 1981 Reagan White House transition team. More

  • Number of Clients: 38
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $10,850,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 5

Jack MacAuley Burkman — J M Burkman & Associates
As a lobbyist, Burkman has had 60 clients and brought in more than $440,000 through the first nine months of 2011. More

  • Number of Clients: 60
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $444,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 0

Jack Steven Hart — Williams and Jensen, PLLC.
A veteran of the first Reagan administration, Hart for years has been considered a top lobbyist with expertise on issues ranging from taxes and energy to entertainment and telecommunications. More

  • Number of Clients: 59
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $7,060,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 9

Lindsay Hooper — Capitol Tax Partners, LLP
Cofounder of Capitol Tax Partners, Hooper is among the heavyweight tax lobbyists in Washington, representing several major Fortune 100 banking and investment firms and large energy companies. More

  • Number of Clients: 60
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $8,490,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 15

Mark McInytre — Russ Reid Company
McIntyre now serves as senior vice president at Russ Reid, one of the most prominent groups that lobbies on behalf of Christian organizations. More

  • Number of Clients: 76
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $1,824,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 0

Anthony Podesta — Podesta Group, Inc.
As founder and chairman of the Podesta Group, Podesta has been widely known for his support of Democratic causes, as well as his presence at parties where corporate executives and politicians often meet. More

  • Number of Clients: 67
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $12,460,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 10

John Raffaelli — Capitol Counsel, LLC
A top tax lobbyist and founding partner of Capitol Counsel, Raffaelli is a longtime Democratic strategist and fundraiser. More

  • Number of Clients: 51
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $7,150,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 4

Barney Skladany — Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Skladany once worked for Mobil Corp., and his firm still lobbies on behalf of energy giants such as Shell Exploration and Production Co. and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. More

  • Number of Clients: 40
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $10,070,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 6

Michael Smith — Cornerstone Government Affairs, LLC
Smith, vice president at Cornerstone Government Affairs, has represented a wide range of clients, monitoring issues from telecommunications to energy and banking. More

  • Number of Clients: 39
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $3,910,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 3

H. Stewart Van Scoyoc — Van Scoyoc Associates & Capitol Decisions, Inc.
Once described by National Journal as “a brainy insider who sweats the details,” Van Scoyoc is considered among the most prominent figures in the Washington lobbying world. More

  • Number of Clients: 264
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $19,015,000
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 4

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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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  1. […] The First Street 30 paints a clear picture – the professionals on this list make the most money, have the most clients, and represent the biggest corporations – they are the true lobbying heavyweights in Washington. The First Street 30  includes three categories, each with 10 names: ex-members of Congress; ex-congressional staffers, and professional lobbyists.   […]

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