- Number of Clients: 59
- Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $7,060,000
- Average Amount Each Client Paid Firm: $119,661
- Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 9
- Notable Clients: American Council of Life Insurers; Stanley Black and Decker; The Coca-Cola Company
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. He was hired by Williams in 1984 just after leaving the executive branch, where he served as a special assistant in the Justice Department, in the Office of Management and Budget, and in the Department of Labor’s Pension Welfare Benefits Program. As Hart climbed the ranks in the firm, becoming president in 1991 and chairman and CEO in 1999, he also became a GOP fundraising stalwart and the go-to guy for groups wanting help dealing with labor unions. In the first three quarters of 2011, Hart served 59 clients who paid the firm $7 million. At the top of that list currently is Owen-Illinois, Inc., a global company that specializes in glass products; it paid Hart and his colleagues $400,000 to monitor measures related to excise taxes on beer, as well as environmental legislation and EPA regulations. Hart’s second highest-paying client is the American Council of Life Insurers, who hired the firm to monitor financial services legislation and tax issues. He also represented Visa Inc. on financial services-related issues. Also on Hart’s list are several Fortune 100 companies: General Electric, which sought lobbying help for the Joint Strike Fighter alternate engine that it was developing with Rolls Royce, as well as Sunoco, Comcast, Dell, Coca Cola, and General Dynamics. He also kept watch on legislation addressing such issues as prescription drug safety, advertising, and importation for Pfizer and Merck.