John Raffaelli — Capitol Counsel, LLC

  • Number of Clients: 51
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $7,150,000
  • Average Amount Each Client Paid Firm: $140,196
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 4
  • Notable Clients: Win America Campaign; Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America; Cardinal Health

A top tax lobbyist and founding partner of Capitol Counsel, Raffaelli is a longtime Democratic strategist and fundraiser. He learned his way around Capitol Hill while serving as counsel on tax and international trade to Democrat Lloyd Bentsen of Texas, former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and later secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton. Raffaelli subsequently founded The Washington Group, a successful government relations firm, before launching Capitol Counsel. He focuses on more than taxes—lobbying on health care, finance, and international trade issues. He had more than 50 clients in the first three quarters of 2011 and brought nearly $7.2 million into the firm. General Electric paid more than a half-million dollars for lobbying on tax issues and a measure to preserve Medicare coverage for osteoporosis; GE manufactures the Lunar bone densitometer. His next-highest-paying clients are Westfield LLC and Cardinal Health, a Fortune 100 company in 2011. Other key clients include the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association, Win America Campaign, Walmart, and Home Depot. And Raffaelli continues to be active in Democratic campaigns. He participated in Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign and Sen. John Kerry’s presidential bid, and he still holds fundraisers for various congressional campaigns.


  1. howard Gold says:

    Mr. Raffaelli
    A housecleaning is neccessary at Komen. Your advocacy for anti abortion has caused a permanent stain on Komen and they will lose tens of millions of dollars because of your stupidity. A new board is necessary to move forward with trust from the public. Otherwise new organizations will form and Komen will whither on the vine. You told the Times that “we are damned if we do, damned if we don’t” but that was the excuse you used for your anti abortion stance using a far right Congressman’s “investigation” as your convenient rationale. I noticed that Komen raised $93 million dollars despite giving a small amount to PP for screening poor women for which it is apparent that you could care less. Resign from Komen and quit working for the Democratic Party. Open up a consulting firm with Handel (the self described “shepard who took Komen to neutral ground”). Susan G. Komen must be turning in her grave and you and others have sullied her name permanently.


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