Wayne Berman — Ogilvy Government Relations

  • Number of Clients: 38
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $10,850,000
  • Average Amount Each Client Paid Firm: $301,389
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 5
  • Notable Clients: Poker Players Alliance; Hess Corporation; PriceWaterhouseCoopers

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. National Journal once referred to him as a Bush “pioneer”; he served as assistant secretary of Commerce under President George H.W. Bush, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the George W. Bush campaigns, was senior advisor to the Bush/Cheney transition team in 2001, and his wife, Lea, served as special assistant to President George W. Bush. Berman also assisted Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, and, according to Politico, has financially supported Mitt Romney’s bid for the GOP’s 2012 presidential nomination. Berman also serves on the Board of Directors for the Richard B. and Lynne V. Cheney Cardiovascular Institute at George Washington University, named for the former vice president and his wife. Berman also helped with the legal defense fund for I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby—former adviser to Vice President Cheney—who was convicted for his involvement in the leak of the covert identity of a CIA officer. Berman’s fundraising success is matched by his lobbying. In the first three quarters of 2011, he reported working for 36 clients who had paid the firm nearly $10.9 million. The Blackstone Group, a financial services company, paid $3.75 million for monitoring of tax issues. Chevron U.S.A., ranking third among Fortune 100 companies, paid the firm $450,000—the same as Highstar Capital, an infrastructure investment fund manager that has sought help monitoring issues related to port security, transportation finance, and port development. Berman’s other key clients include the Fortune 100 companies Verizon, Pfizer, and United Technologies Corp., as well as Poker Players Alliance, Hess Corp., and PriceWaterhouse.

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