1. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld:$38.8 million (versus $36.4 million in 2016) and $10 million in Q4 2017 (versus $8.6 million in Q4 2016)
  2. Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck:$29.2 million (versus $25.6 million in 2016) and $8.4 million in Q4 2017 (versus $5.7 million in Q4 2016)
  3. Squire Patton Boggs: $24.3 million (versus $18.9 million in 2016) and $6 million in Q4 2017 (versus $5.1 million in Q4 2016)
  4. BGR Group: $23.6 million (versus $17.4 million in 2016) and $6.9 million in Q4 2017 (versus $4.5 million in Q4 2016)
  5. Holland & Knight: $22.4 million (versus $19.7 million in 2016) and $6.3 million in Q4 2017 (versus $4.9 million in Q4 2016)
  6. Cornerstone Government Affairs: $19.3 million (versus $16.8 million in 2016) and $5.2 million in Q4 2017 (versus $4.4 million in Q4 2016)
  7. Capitol Counsel: $18.2 million (versus $16.2 million in 2016) and $4.7 million in Q4 2017 (versus $4 million in Q4 2016)
  8. Van Scoyoc Associates: $18.2 million (versus $21.7 million in 2016) and $5 million in Q4 2017 (versus $6 million in Q4 2016)
  9. Podesta Group: $18.1 million* (versus $24.1 million in 2016) and $2.6 million in Q4 2017 (versus $6.1 million in Q4 2016)
  10. Covington & Burling: $17.8 million (versus $12.6 million in 2016) and $4.4 million in Q4 2017 (versus $3 million in Q4 2016)
  11. K&L Gates: $17.5 million (versus $16 million in 2016) and $4.4 million in Q4 2017 (versus $3.5 million in Q4 2016)
  12. Williams & Jensen: $16.6 million (versus $15.7 million* in 2016) and $4.2 million in Q4 2017 (versus $3.6 million* in Q4 2016)
  13. Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas: $15.2 million (versus $12.9 million in 2016) and $3.9 million in Q4 2017 (versus $3.3 million in Q4 2016)
  14. Ernst & Young: $15.1 million* (versus $12.6 million* in 2016) and $4.5 million* in Q4 2017 (versus $3.1 million* in Q4 2016)
  15. Capitol Tax Partners: $14.3 million* (versus $12.3 million in 2016) and $3.8 million* in Q4 2017 (versus $3.1 million in Q4 2016)
  16. Cassidy & Associates: $14.3 million (versus $13.2 million in 2016) and $3.8 million in Q4 2017 (versus $3.6 million in Q4 2016)
  17. Peck Madigan Jones: $14.2 million* (versus $13.3 million* in 2016) and $3.7 million* in Q4 2017 (versus $3.3 million* in Q4 2016)
  18. Fierce Government Relations: $13.2 million (versus $12.9 million in 2016) and $3.5 million in Q4 2017 (versus $3.1 million in Q4 2016)
  19. American Continental Group: $12.6 million* (versus $7 million* in 2016) and $3.3 million* in Q4 2017 (versus $1.7 million* in Q4 2016)
  20. Crossroads Strategies: $11.7 million (versus $7.9 million in 2016) and $3.1 million in Q4 2017 (versus $2 million in Q4 2016).

* Estimated based on Senate disclosure filings. All other figures have been verified with the firms.


  1. National Association of Realtors: $22.2 million
  2. Business Roundtable: $17.4 million
  3. U.S. Chamber of Commerce: $16.8 million
  4. Open Society Policy Center: $10.3 million
  5. U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform: $7 million
  6. Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America: $5.9 million
  7. American Hospital Association: $4.6 million
  8. Google: $4.4 million
  9. Comcast: $4.3 million
  10. NCTA: $4.3 million
  11. Boeing: $4.2 million
  12. National Association of Broadcasters: $4.1 million
  13. American Medical Association: $4 million
  14. CTIA: $3.8 million
  15. Lockheed Martin: $3.7 milion
  16. Johnson & Johnson: $3.7 million
  17. AT&T: $3.6 million
  18. Amazon: $3.3 million
  19. American Bankers Association: $3.2 million
  20. Southern Company: $3.1 million


  1. PricewaterhouseCoopers: Alliance for Competitive Taxation ($950,000)
  2. Covington & Burling: Qualcomm ($880,000)
  3. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Gila River Indian Community ($590,000)
  4. McGuinness & Yager: HR Policy Association ($590,000)
  5. Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck: Athene Holding ($530,000)
  6. Federal Policy Group: Altaba ($500,000)
  7. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Pebble Limited Partnership ($410,000)
  8. Venn Strategies: Employee-Owned S Corporations of America ($400,000)
  9. Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck: Caesars Enterprise Services ($370,000)
  10. Roberti Global: Nord Stream 2 AG ($360,000) (tie)
  11. Steptoe & Johnson: Assured Guaranty ($360,000) (tie)


— Ballard Partners: $9.9 million for the full year and $3.6 million in Q4 2017 (The firm didn’t have a Washington presence in 2016.)
— CGCN Group: $8.4 million (versus $6.6 million in 2016) and $2.2 million in Q4 2017 (versus $1.6 million in Q4 2016)
— Forbes Tate Partners: $10.9 million (versus $10 million in 2016) and $2.7 million in Q4 2017 (versus $2.9 million in Q4 2016)
— Hogan Lovells: $11.4 million (versus $10 million in 2016) and $3.2 million in Q4 2017 (versus $2.2 million in Q4 2016)
— Invariant: $11 million (versus $9.9 million in 2016) and $3 million in Q4 2017 (versus $2.9 million in Q4 2016)
— Monument Policy Group: $7.5 million (versus $6 million in 2016) and $1.7 million in Q4 2017 (versus $1.7 million in Q4 2016)
— Ogilvy Government Relations: $11.4 million (versus $10.5 million in 2016) and $2.7 million in Q4 2017 (versus $2.6 million in Q4 2016)
— S-3 Group: $5.9 million (versus $5.6 million in 2016) and $1.8 million in Q4 2017 (versus $1.4 million in Q4 2016)
— Thorn Run Partners: $9.5 million (versus $8.6 million in 2016) and $2.4 million in Q4 2017 (versus $2.2 million in Q4 2016)
— Venable: $9.1 million (versus $10.4 million in 2016) and $2.5 million in Q4 2017 (versus $2.3 million in Q4 2016)

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WHAT THE NUMBERS MEAN: It’s official: The first year of Donald Trump’s presidency was good for K Street. Eighteen of the top 20 lobbying firms in town saw their revenue rise last year, and many saw significant bumps. Covington & Burling, for instance, brought in $17.8 million in lobbying revenue in 2017 — an increase of more than 40 percent over the $12.6 million the firm billed in 2016. TheAmerican Continental Group, which is home to Dave Urban, who played a critical role in helping Trump win Pennsylvania, saw its revenue spike, too. And Ballard Partners, the Florida lobbying firm run by Brian Ballard, who was a top fundraiser for Trump’s campaign, saw nearly $10 million in lobbying revenue after setting up shop in Washington last year. (One of the firms that saw a falloff in business was the Podesta Group, which imploded after Tony Podesta stepped down as chairman but brought in more lobbying revenue than all but eight other firms in the year overall.)

 Elizabeth Gore, who leads Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s government relations department, identified three areas that had driven business during Trump’s first year in office: the battles over repealing Obamacare and reforming the tax code, as well as the surge of nervous companies hiring lobbyists that accompanies the first months of most administrations. For all the uncertainty that has accompanied Trump’s first year in office, Gore said, “K Street found that really it wasn’t as different as maybe we thought it would be.”

INSIDE THE FILINGS: The National Association of Realtors shelled out more on lobbying than any other trade group or company in the fourth quarter as it fought back against proposals that would reduce the value of the mortgage interest deduction as part of tax reform. The Realtors spent $22.2 million in the fourth quarter and $54.4 million in 2017 overall. The Business Roundtable’s spending also soared. The trade group spent $17.4 million on lobbying in the fourth quarter — more than four times what it spent in the fourth quarter of 2016 — and $27.4 million over the full year.

NEW BUSINESS: Forbes Tate Partners has signed Deloitte, lobbying on accounting, financial services, tax and appropriations issues. And Raytheon has added Rasky Partners to its stable of Washington lobbying firms. Raytheon also retains more than a dozen other lobbying shops, including BGR GroupCapitol Tax Partners and Holland & Knight.

TECH GIANTS SAY GOODBYE TO OUTSIDE LOBBYING FIRMS: Several tech companies severed ties with outside lobbying firms, according to their fourth quarter disclosures. POLITICO’s Steven Overly reports that “Yelp parted ways with Monument Policy Group at the end of the year, after paying the firm $50,000 last quarter”; “Netflix is no longer working with the Glover Park Group”; “Comcast, Cox Enterprises and NCTA have separated from Palmetto Group”; “TripAdvisor terminated Epplin Strategic Planning”; and “Adobesevered ties with West Front Strategies.” Full story.

SOLAR INDUSTRY TRADE ASSOCIATION BLASTS TARIFF RULING: The Solar Energy Industry Association blasted the Trump administration’s decision Monday to impose new tariffs on imports of solar panels and cells, POLITICO’s Eric Wolff reports. The decision came after two solar companies — Suniva and SolarWorld USA — filed a trade complaint. Abigail Ross Hopper, president and chief executive of SEIA, said in a written statement that the new tariffs “will create a crisis in a part of our economy that has been thriving, which will ultimately cost tens of thousands of hard-working, blue-collar Americans their jobs.” But Suniva praised the decision. “The president is sending a message that American innovation and manufacturing will not be bullied out of existence without a fight,” the company said in a written statement. SolarWorld CEO Jurgen Stein said in a statement that he was “hopeful [the tariffs] will be enough to address the import surge and to rebuild solar manufacturing in the United States.” Mayer Brownrepresented Suniva and ROKK Solutions handled public affairs for the company. Wiley Rein represented SolarWorld. Full story.


— Brooke Sammon has joined Firehouse Strategies as a senior vice president.She was previously media and public relations manager at the American Petroleum Institute.

 David Rudd has joined Alignment Government Strategies as counsel. He was previously a partner at the Palmetto Group.

— Scott Widmeyer is now chief strategy officer for Finn Partners in Washington. He is also a founding managing partner for the marketing and communications firm.

— Josh Black is associate vice president for international advocacy at PhRMA.Prior to that, he was chief of the global issues unit at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

 JP Schnapper-Casteras has started his own law firm, focusing on Supreme Court litigation, progressive causes and technology issues. He was previously special counsel for appellate and Supreme Court advocacy at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

— Sue Ansel, president and CEO of Gables Residential, was elected chairwoman of the National Multifamily Housing Council.

SPOTTED: At the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ BOLD PAC winter retreat in Las Vegas last weekend, according to a PI tipster: David Martin of the Air Line Pilots AssociationKaren Green of Akin GumpZach Pfister of Brownstein Hyatt Farber SchreckNorma Cardenas, a certified hypnotherapist who’s married to Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.); Silvia Aldana of PG&E; Steve Fitzer, finance consultant for Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.); Andrea Riccio of S-3 Public Affairs; and Dustin Todd of Amazon.


Americans for BBQ 2018 (Reps. Bill FloresRichard Hudson and Kevin Yoder)


Alabama New South Alliance (PAC)
Everyday American PAC (Super PAC)
Freedman’s PAC (PAC)
Seeking Justice Committee (Leadership PAC: Sen. Doug Jones)


A1.9 Stratgies LLC: Cubic Corporation
Adams andReese, LLP: Offshore Marine Services Association
Arent Fox LL: One Concern, Inc.
Baker & Hosttler LLP: Insmed Incorporated
Baker & Hosteler LLP: Strongbridge Biopharma, PLC
BGR Governmet Affairs: Andrey Borodin
Brownstein Hyat Farber Schreck, LLP: Franklin Loan Center
Brownstein HyattFarber Schreck, LLP: Limoneira Company
Capitol Hill Contusing Group: Blackwater Diving, LLC
Capitol Hill Consulting Group: Gulf County
Capitol Hill Consulting Group: One21 Group, LLC
Cardinal Infrastructure LLC: Valley Metro
Crowell & Moring International, LLC: The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
Crowell & Moring LLP:Key Safety Systems, Inc.
CTF Global LLC (formerly filing as The Grossman Group, LLC): One Free World International
Forbes-Tate: Deloitte LL
Forbes-Tate: Sarepta Therpeutics
Foresight Law + Policy PLLC National School Boards Association
G2G Consulting: Virginia Bio
Gavel Resources, LLC: Pebble Partnership, LLC
Leavitt Partners, LLC: The Creating Access to Real-Time Information Now Alliance (CARIN)
Lehigh University: Lehigh University
Marla Grossman: Motion Picture Association of America
Marla Grossman: News Corporation
Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, Inc.: General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Morrissey Strategic Partners, LLC: Printing Industries of America
New York Community Bank, Inc.: New York Community Bank, Inc.
Norton Regulatory Strategies: MGM Resorts International
Nossaman LLP (Formerly Nossaman LLP/O’Connor & Hannan): California Water Service
Perry Bayliss Government Relations, LLC: SES SA
Rasky Partners, Inc.: Raytheon Company
Rasky Partners, Inc.: Veolia Siekman and Siekman LLC: City of New Albany
Siekman and Siekman LLC: K & D
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP: Starr International Company, Inc.
SmithBucklin Corporation: Lamaze International
Summit Strategies Government Affairs: City of Lynnwood, Wash.
TCK International, LLC: DLA Piper LLP (US) (for LA 2024 Bid Committee)
The Brightup Group LLC: Morrissey Strategic Partners, LLC
The Cormac Group, LLC: Steiner Leisure Limited
The Cormac Group, LLC: Tier One Solutions
The Estopinan Group, LLC: Roberto Zamora Estrada
The Jackson Laboratory: The Jackson Laboratory
The Livingston Group, L.L.C.: Henry Klein
The O Team LLC: K-Love
The O Team LLC: Kentucky Broadcasters Association
Townsend Public Affairs: Central Unified School District
Townsend Public Affairs: City of Danville
Townsend Public Affairs: City of Dublin
Townsend Public Affairs: City of El Monte
Townsend Public Affairs: City of Livermore
Townsend Public Affairs: City of Pleasanton
Townsend Public Affairs: City of Reedley
Townsend Public Affairs: City of San Ramon
Townsend Public Affairs: City of Sanger
Townsend Public Affairs: City of Tustin
Townsend Public Affairs: Santa Ana Public Works
VNF Solutions LLC: City of Houston
VNF Solutions LLC: Corps Reform Working Group (Informal Coalition)
Washington2 Advocates: Oak View Group
Wynne Health Group: Cambia Health Solutions, Inc.
Wynne Health Group: Greater New York Hospital Association


Adrienne DerVartanian: Farmworker Justice
Aduston Consulting, LLC: Americans for Limited Government
Alcalde & Fay: Village of Pinecrest, FL
Alston & Bird LLP: American Association Of Nurse Anesthetists
Alston & Bird LLP: Vision Service Plan
American Continental Group: SAP America, Inc.
American Continental Group: Viacom
American Continental Group: Project Right Side
American Defense International, Inc.: Penny Black Technologies
Armory Hill Advocates (formerly known as Rawlson Policy Group): Serendipity Loving Care LLC
Avenue Solutions: Hospice Action Network
Avenue Strategies: 1st American Systems and Services L.L.C.
Avenue Strategies: American Advisors Group
Avenue Strategies: Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration
Avenue Strategies: Red Horse Corporation
Baker & McKenzie, LLP: International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc.
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz: Scripps Networks Interactive
Barnes & Thornburg, LLP: Opportunity Finance Network
Barnett Sivon & Natter, P.C.: American Bankers Insurance Association
Barnett Sivon & Natter, P.C.: Metropolitan Life Insurance Company
Birch, Horton, Bittner & Cherot: Aleut Corporation
Blank Rome Government Relations: China Dawn Garment (Dalian) Co., Ltd.
Blank Rome LLP: China Dawn Garment (Dalian) Co., Ltd.
Bracy Tucker Brown & Valanzano, Inc.: Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: NexCore Group
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC: EverPower Wind Holdings, Inc.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC: Mission Critical Solutions, LLC
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC: Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace AS (on behalf of Kongsberg Protech Systems USA)
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC: U.S. Sugar Corporation
Canfield & Associates, Inc.: Build America Mutual
Canfield & Associates, Inc.: Consumer Mortgage Coalition
Capitol Counsel, LLC: Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed)
Capitol Counsel, LLC: Financial Services Roundtable
Capitol Counsel, LLC: Judicial Crisis Network
Capitol Counsel, LLC: NextEra Energy, Inc.
Capitol Counsel, LLC: South Carolina Public Service Authority Inc. (Santee Cooper)
Capitol Counsel, LLC: Swift Transportation Company (formerly Coalition Against Bigger Trucks)
Capitol Counsel, LLC: The Invest in America Coalition
Capitol Counsel, LLC: Two Canal Owner LLC
Carliner Strategies LLC: GeoMetWatch Corp.
Cassidy & Associates, Inc.: University of Alabama-Birmingham
Charmaine Torma: Safe Skies For All
CML Consulting Services Inc. (formerly L.A. Skip Bafalis): Alcalde & Fay (City of Lake Worth)
Coffee Group: PDC Energy
Coffee Group: Sidley Austin on behalf of Derive Systems Inc.
Convenience Distribution Association: Convenience Distribution Association
Covidien LP: Covidien LP
Covington & Burling LLP: Merck & Co, Inc
Covington & Burling LLP: Eli Lilly and Company
Cozen O’Connor PC (f/k/a Cozen O’ Connor Public Strategies): Louisiana Oil Marketers & Convenience Store Association
Crowell & Moring LLP: Interstate Battery System of America, Inc.
Crowell & Moring LLP: Interwest Mining Company
Crowell & Moring LLP: STIHL Incorporated, USA
Da Vinci Group: Delta Risk
Da Vinci Group: Lexington National Insurance
Davenport Ventures, LLC: GTECH Corporation
Delta Strategy Group: Eris DGSR LLC: Americans for Limited Government
District Strategies, LLC: Genting Management Services, LLC
DLA Piper LLP (US): National Association of Community Health Centers
Donald Itzkoff: Wabtec Corporation
Empire Consulting Group: Navient Solutions Inc.
Envision Strategy, LLC: Glens Falls Hospital
Eris Group (formerly known as Bartlett & Bendall): Cigna Corporation
Ernst & Young LLP (Washington Council Ernst & Young): Association Of Bermuda Insurers And Reinsurers
Ernst & Young LLP (Washington Council Ernst & Young): Corning Incorporated
Ernst & Young LLP (Washington Council Ernst & Young): Innovage (Formerly Total Community Options Foundation)
Ernst & Young LLP (Washington Council Ernst & Young): International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)
Ernst & Young LLP (Washington Council Ernst & Young): Johnson & Johnson Services Inc (Formerly Johnson & Johnson)
Ernst & Young LLP (Washington Council Ernst & Young): Viacom, Inc.
Ernst & Young LLP (Washington Council Ernst & Young): Edison Electric Institute
Ernst & Young LLP (Washington Council Ernst & Young): Equipment Leasing And Finance Association (Formerly Equipment Leasing Assn )
Federal Policy Group, LLC: Potomac Capital Investment Corporation
Franklin Square Group, LLC: Square, Inc.
FrogueClark, LLC: Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
Gephardt Group Government Affairs: Experience Works
Gephardt Group Government Affairs: Peabody Energy Corporation
GovBiz Advantage, Inc.: Polaris Industries
GovBiz Advantage, Inc.: Biosolid Reduction Technology (Kore Infrastructure)
Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Balance ACO Guide Consulting Services, Inc.: Eating Disorders Coalition (fka Eating Disorders Campaign)
Guide Consulting Services, Inc.: Harvard University T. H. Chan School of Public Healths STRIPED
Guide Consulting Services, Inc.: National Eating Disorders Association
Guide Consulting Services, Inc.: Residential Eating Disorders Consortium
Guide Consulting Services, Inc.: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP)
Hannegan Landau Poersch & Rosenbaum Advocacy, LLC: SenesTech, Inc.
Hannegan Landau Poersch & Rosenbaum Advocacy, LLC: The Village of Glenview, Ill.
Holland & Knight, LLP: Intermedix Corporation
Holland & Knight, LLP: Metropolitan State University of Denver
Holland & Knight, LLP: NextEra Energy Inc
Holland & Knight, LLP: S.C. Johnson & Son
Holland & Knight, LLP: Esri National Government
Holland & Knight, LLP: Grand Traverse Band Of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians
Holland & Knight, LLP: Hendry Marine Industries, Inc.
Holland & Knight, LLP: Lennar Corporation
Hurt, Norton & Associates, Inc.: Zane Benefits, Inc.
Hurt, Norton & Associates, Inc.: Colonial Group, Inc. Hurt, Norton & Associates, Inc.: Consortium On Government Relations For Student Affairs
Hurt, Norton & Associates, Inc.: National Infantry Foundation
Ice Miller Strategies LLC: City of Jackson, MS
Innovative Federal Strategies, LLC: Stratolaunch Systems Incorporated
Invariant LLC: New York Life Insurance Company
Invariant LLC: Collective Health
Invariant LLC: OZ Management LP
Invariant LLC: The Wonderful Company LLC
John T. Doolittle, LLC: Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange
Jones Walker, LLP: JDW Properties III, LLC
Jones Walker, LLP: Mith-ih-kwuh Corporation – On behalf of the Coquille Indian Tribe
Jones Walker, LLP: Online Lenders Alliance
Jones Walker, LLP: TCF Financial Corporation, Inc.
Jones Walker, LLP: Tribal Council Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Jones Walker, LLP: Bridge House Corporation
Jones Walker, LLP: Industrial & Crane Services, Inc.
Jones Walker, LLP: Offshore Marine Service Association
K&L Gates LLP: Maersk Inc
K&L Gates LLP: MGM Resorts International
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP: Assist Wireless, LLC
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP: Prepaid Wireless Group, LLC
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP: Telrite Corporation
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP: Americans for Electricity Choice, Inc.
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP: Criterion Systems, Inc.
Kenneth Brown: City of Rochester, New York
Keys Group, LLC: AdvancePierre Foods
King & Spalding LLP: American Retirement Association
King & Spalding LLP: Shire Pharmaceuticals
King & Spalding LLP: International Franchise Association
King & Spalding LLP: myTomorrows
King & Spalding LLP: ProSeeder Technologies
Lange Thomas & Associates LLP (formerly Luman Lange Thomas & McMullen LLP): Convenience Distribution Association
Law Offices of Kevin G. Curtin: Coalition for Home Fire Safety
Law Offices of Kevin G. Curtin: CSX Corporation
Lincoln Policy Group: Valero
LS2Group: Martin-Wilbourn Partners LLC on behalf of Universal Impression Co. Ltd.
Lugar Hellmann Group: Marathon Petroleum Corporation
M.J. Simon & Company, LLC: Nuo Therapeutics Martin-Wilbourn Partners, LLC: Universal Impression Co. Ltd.
Mayer Brown LLP: Dole Food Company
Mayer Brown LLP: Monday Properties Services LLC
Mayer Brown LLP: Vornado/Charles E. Smith L.P.
McGuireWoods Consulting (A Subsidiary of McGuireWoods LLP): Centurion American Development Group
Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, Inc.: FedEx Corporation
Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, Inc.: Mulberry Health, Inc.
Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, Inc.: Shock Doctor Inc., dba United Sports Brands
Mercury: Navient
Michael Best Strategies LLC: AAR Corp.
MKW Group, LLC: Heritage Health Solutions
Mr. Galen Reser: Aramark Corporation (through FTI Government Affairs) Mr. Galen Reser: Perrigo Inc (Through Fti Government Affairs)
Mr. John Napier: Coalition For Farmers’ Hope
Mr. John Napier: The Charleston School of Law
Mr. Thad Huguley: Belmont University
Mr. Thad Huguley: The Nature Conservancy, Tennessee Chapter
MWW Group LLC: Northeast Ohio Universities Colleges Of Medicine And Pharmacy (NEOMED)
Navigators Global LLC (Formerly DC Navigators, LLC): U.S. Global Leadership Coalition
Nossaman LLP (Formerly Nossaman LLP/O’Connor & Hannan): Shannon Airport Authority
Nossaman LLP (Formerly Nossaman LLP/O’Connor & Hannan): Consumer Data Industry Association
Nossaman LLP (Formerly Nossaman LLP/O’Connor & Hannan): California Sea Urchin Commission
Ogilvy Government Relations: Polyverse Corporation
Olsson, Frank, Weeda, Terman & Matz, PC: National Geospatial Coalition
Olsson, Frank, Weeda, Terman & Matz, PC: Fonterra Co-operative Group LTD
Olsson, Frank, Weeda, Terman & Matz, PC: Hargrove Ranch Insurance
Olsson, Frank, Weeda, Terman & Matz, PC: NSF International LLC
Olsson, Frank, Weeda, Terman & Matz, PC: Texas Alliance of Energy Producers
PACE, LLP (Formerly PACE-CAPSTONE): Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC
PACE, LLP (Formerly PACE-CAPSTONE): Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians
Park Strategies, LLC: Town of Clarkstown
Peck Madigan Jones: Gentle Giant Moving Company
Peck Madigan Jones: Grocery Manufacturers Association
Peck Madigan Jones: Johnson Controls International PLC (Fka Tyco International Management Company) Peck Madigan Jones: Mortgage Bankers Association
Peck Madigan Jones: The Ickes and Enright Group (on behalf of Nuclear Development, LLC)
Peck Madigan Jones: Varsity Brands, LLC Penn Hill Group: United Negro College Fund
Pfister Group LLC: Associated General Contractors of America
Podesta Group, Inc.: 1890 Universities Foundation
Podesta Group, Inc.: Aecom Technology Corporation
Podesta Group, Inc.: Airbnb, Inc.
Podesta Group, Inc.: Alliance for Shared Values
Podesta Group, Inc.: American Health Care Association
Podesta Group, Inc.: American Kidney Fund
Podesta Group, Inc.: amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research
Podesta Group, Inc.: BAE Systems
Podesta Group, Inc.: Bechtel National, Inc.
Podesta Group, Inc.: BMO Financial Corporation
Podesta Group, Inc.: BP America Inc
Podesta Group, Inc.: Brooks Development Authority
Podesta Group, Inc.: Burford Capital LLC
Podesta Group, Inc.: Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
Podesta Group, Inc.: Career Education Colleges and Universities
Podesta Group, Inc.: Ceannate Corp
Podesta Group, Inc.: Civitas Capital Management, LLC
Podesta Group, Inc.: Credit Suisse Securities (USA), LLC
Podesta Group, Inc.: CrossFit Inc.
Podesta Group, Inc.: Davita Inc
Podesta Group, Inc.: Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Podesta Group, Inc.: Deloitte, LLP
Podesta Group, Inc.: Diageo North America, Inc.
Podesta Group, Inc.: EasyDial Inc.
Podesta Group, Inc.: ECMC Group
Podesta Group, Inc.: Enterprise Holdings
Podesta Group, Inc.: General Dynamics
Podesta Group, Inc.: General Electric Company
Podesta Group, Inc.: General Nutrition Corporation
Podesta Group, Inc.: Golden Pass Products LLC
Podesta Group, Inc.: Heineken USA Inc
Podesta Group, Inc.: Hogan Lovells US LLP On Behalf Of Mylan Inc
Podesta Group, Inc.: Independent Film And Television Alliance
Podesta Group, Inc.: Investment Company Institute
Podesta Group, Inc.: Kindred Healthcare Inc
Podesta Group, Inc.: Lockheed Martin Corporation
Podesta Group, Inc.: Lyft, Inc.
Podesta Group, Inc.: Michelin North America Inc.
Podesta Group, Inc.: Navigate Affordable Housing Partners
Podesta Group, Inc.: Novartis Services, Inc.
Podesta Group, Inc.: One Concern, Inc.
Podesta Group, Inc.: Orange County, Florida
Podesta Group, Inc.: Orbis Wheels, Inc.
Podesta Group, Inc.: Pearl Mobile DTV Company LLC
Podesta Group, Inc.: PMI Global Services Inc.
Podesta Group, Inc.: Professional Services Council
Podesta Group, Inc.: Refugee Council USA
Podesta Group, Inc.: RELX Inc
Podesta Group, Inc.: Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Podesta Group, Inc.: Shaw Industries Group, Inc.
Podesta Group, Inc.: Sotheby’s
Podesta Group, Inc.: South Carolina State Ports Authority
Podesta Group, Inc.: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Podesta Group, Inc.: Textron Inc
Podesta Group, Inc.: The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis
Podesta Group, Inc.: The Business Roundtable
Podesta Group, Inc.: Wal-Mart
Podesta Group, Inc.: Wells Fargo
Potomac Policy Group, LLC: OrthoSensor Inc.
Poyner Spruill LLP: North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, Inc.
Poyner Spruill LLP: Town of Surf City, NC
Rasky Partners, Inc.: Association for Advanced Life Underwriting
Rasky Partners, Inc.: Association of Information Protection
Rasky Partners, Inc.: Catholic Health Services of Long Island
Rasky Partners, Inc.: Eastern Maine Medical Center
Rasky Partners, Inc.: iHeartMedia
Rasky Partners, Inc.: Live Oak Bank Regulatory
Strategies And Solutions Group, LLC: Biotechnology Innovation Organization
Renovate America, Inc.: Renovate America, Inc.
Richard Hohlt: Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.
Robert Lehman: National Election Defense Coalition
Roberti Global (fka Roberti White, LLC): First Data Corporation
Roberti Global (fka Roberti White, LLC): New York State Broadcasters Association
Rock Creek Counsel: Association of Clinical Research Organizations
RR&G, LLC: Investment Company Institute
RR&G, LLC: National Creditors Bar Association Rr&G, LLC: Walter Raheb Consulting
Rubicon Advisors, LLC: State Mutual Insurance Company
Rubin and Rudman LLP: Blink Health LTD (A Bermuda Limited Company)
Rubin and Rudman LLP: CIOX Health
Rubin and Rudman LLP: Novocure Inc.
Rubin and Rudman LLP: Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P.
S-3 Group: Food Safety Net Services
S-3 Group: National Association of Broadcasters
Samuels International Associates, Inc.: Cellular Technology International, Inc.
Samuels International Associates, Inc.: Mitsui Seki (USA) Inc.
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.: Nilit America, Inc (F/K/A) Nilit America Corp.)
Sidley Austin LLP: Auto Parts Manufacturers of America (Informal Coalition)
Sidley Austin LLP: Delphi Automotive PLC
Sidley Austin LLP: Marathon Asset Managment [sic]
Sidley Austin LLP: Medical Information Working Group
Signal Group Consulting, LLC: Block MEMS, LLC
Signal Group Consulting, LLC: Career Education Colleges and Universities
Signal Group Consulting, LLC: General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Signal Group Consulting, LLC: H Squared, Inc (dba Quantico Tactical)
Signal Group Consulting, LLC: Ligado Networks, LLC
Signal Group Consulting, LLC: National Alliance of Forest Owners
Signal Group Consulting, LLC: NRG Energy, Inc.
Signal Group Consulting, LLC: Planet Labs
Signal Group Consulting, LLC: Sidley Austin, LLP (for Cargill DMB Redwood City Saltworks)
Sirona Strategies LLC: Omada Health
SLK Strategies: American Feed Industry Association
Smith Advocacy Group, LLC: IAI North America, Inc.
SmithBucklin Corporation: Regional Airline Association
Spectrum Public Affairs: U.S. Addiction Recovery Centers
Steptoe & Johnson LLP: Kia Motors Corporation
Strategic Federal Affairs: Friendship Circle
Strategic Federal Affairs: Huawei Tech, Investment Co., Ltd.
Strategic Health Care: Bluegrass Family Health Strategic Health Care: Healthfirst Health Plans Inc
Subject Matter (fka Elmendorf Ryan): American Wind Energy Association
Subject Matter (fka Elmendorf Ryan): Watch Hill Light House Keepers Association (WHLKA)
Summit Strategies Government Affairs: Columbia Sportswear Company
Summit Strategies Government Affairs: Chehalem Parks and Recreation District
Summit Strategies Government Affairs: Drive Oregon
The Charles Group, LLC: CSS USa Inc (Formerly Carcoon America LLC)
The Charles Group, LLC: The Real School of Music, LLC
The Estopinan Group, LLC: Washington Strategy Group on behalf of Turkish Opp
The Estopinan Group, LLC: Verdant America
The Gibson Group, LLC: American Airlines Group Inc
The Ickes And Enright Group, Inc.: Nuclear Development, LLC
The Livingston Group, L.L.C.: Industrial and Crane Services Inc.
The Macon Edwards Company: The Wax Company
The Mathis Harple Group: New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund
The OB-C Group. LLC: Complete Pharma Holdings LLC (Cp) Formerly Marathon Pharmaceuticals
The OB-C Group. LLC: Today Foundation
The Policy Agency, LLC, formerly Anne Smith Caparso: T & R Chemicals
The Stutzman Group LLC: Mr. Richard Pfeil
The Stutzman Group LLC: Parkview Health
The Stutzman Group LLC: Union City, Indiana
The Summerill Group LLC: Harvey County Sheriff’s Office
The Summerill Law Firm: Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office
The Summerill Law Firm: Santa Fe County Correctional Facility
Todd Strategy, LLC: CareDx, Inc.
US Policy Strategies: American Continental Group
Van Ness Feldman, LLP: Wilmar Oleo North America
Van Scoyoc Associates: American Clinical Laboratory Association
Van Scoyoc Associates: Association of American Publishers
Van Scoyoc Associates: Begin a Legacy, Inc. dba GVNG
Van Scoyoc Associates: Easterseals
Van Scoyoc Associates: HITRUST Services Corp.
Van Scoyoc Associates: National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Van Scoyoc Associates: Natural Products Association
Van Scoyoc Associates: Transparent Business
Van Scoyoc Associates: Wills Eye Health System
Venn Strategies: Ameriprise Financial Inc
Venn Strategies: BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Inc.
West Front Strategies LLC: Adobe Systems Inc.
WHW Consulting LLC: AT&T Services
Williams and Jensen, PLLC: American Automotive Policy Council

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Silicon Valley ha tomado el carril lento hacia Washington. Empresas como Facebook y Amazon van por detrás de las telecos en lo que a intentar influir en el Congreso se refiere. Eso podría salirles caro en las batallas sobre la neutralidad y la privacidad de la red.

Las tecnológicas ya no pueden darse el lujo de la displicencia cuando se trata de política. Su actitud emprendedora en algunas áreas poco reguladas engendró en gran medida una actitud de evitar hacer lobby en la capital. Ahora, sin embargo, los republicanos quieren revertir las normas que exigen a los proveedores de Internet que traten el tráfico online de forma igualitaria e imponer estándares más estrictos para la protección de datos personales.

Eso deja a los titanes online compitiendo contra los experimentados y de bolsillos igualmente anc hos proveedores de Internet, como AT&T, Verizon y Comcast, que tienen más personal en sus grupos de presión en Washington. El año pasado, las telecos dedicaron alrededor de 86 millones de dólares a ello. El sector tecnológico no entró entre los 20 primeros sectores con más gasto.

En la primera mitad de 2017, Facebook, Google, Amazon y Apple sólo superaron ligeramente a las tres grandes telecos, a pesar de que su valor de mercado combinado es cuatro veces mayor. Google ha elevado su gasto –9,4 millones en el primer semestre–, que ya es algo superior al de AT &T, y también Amazon lo está subiendo.

Hacer presión con astucia puede marcar la diferencia. Para ayudar a impulsar la compra de Time Warner por AT&T, las compañías contrataron a un ejército de abogados de Washington. Los que se oponían al acuerdo tuvieron dificultades para encontrar gente sin conflictos de intereses. Incluso a los sofisticados lobbys de General Electric y Boeing les han pillado por sorpresa campañas con mejores recursos. Este año, la industria manufacturera fue superada por la minorista, que rápidamente se movilizó contra un posible ajuste tributario aduanero.

Las empresas de tecnología, acostumbradas a inventar nuevas maneras de hacer las cosas, están recibiendo un duro recordatorio de que las cosas en el Capitolio se hacen a la antigua.

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El presidente electo de Estados Unidos,Donald Trump, ha impuesto un estricto código que impedirá a los que acepten un empleo en su Administración trabajar en los ‘lobbies’ una vez haya finalizado su vínculo con la Casa Blanca, según informó este miércoles su equipo de transición.

La medida tiene como objetivo evitar las puertas giratorias entre la Casa Blanca y los grupos de presión que abundan en Washington, uno de los principales caballos de batalla de Trump durante la campaña con el que pretendía denunciar la «corrupción» del sistema político.

«La clave para esta Administración será que la gente que salga del Gobierno no pueda utilizar esa experiencia para enriquecerse personalmente«, explicó el portavoz republicano Sean Spicer durante una conferencia telefónica con medios de comunicación. Quienes acepten la condición de Trump no podrán trabajar para los grupos de presión hasta pasados cinco años después de dejar su empleo gubernamental, una estricta medida que puede disuadir a algunos de sumarse al equipo del magnate.

Obama impuso un código menos restrictivo que tan sólo prohibía a los ex trabajadores usar sus influencias en la agencia gubernamental para la que habían trabajado, pero tenían vía libre con el resto del Gobierno. Además, el código prohibía ejercer como lobista pero no trabajar como abogado, consultor o asesor en las mismas funciones, una brecha que muchos han aprovechado.

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