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2nd Quarter Lobbying Reports: Issues and Expenditures Download PDF File Download PDF File
 
 
 
Reviewing quarterly LDA reports is a good way to take the pulse of lobbying in the federal government and Congressional offices. This quarter, contentious political provisions including financial services reform, campaign finance reform, health care reform, and oil spill accountability, have all been issues of interest to lobbying entities. This report will look at several topics, including:
 
Top ten lobbying firms
A model lobbying firm: Patton Boggs
DISCLOSE lobbying
Oil spill lobbying
Disaster planning
Financial services & banking
Health
Lobbying by issue code
 
 
The Big Dogs: Top Ten Lobbying Firms, 2nd Quarter 2010
 
Several firms nearly always top the list of “big earners.” Roll Call research found that revenue in the first half of 2010 (January – June 2010) increased over the same period, 2009.

Top ten largest firms (as determined by lobbying income, 2nd quarter 2010) are as follows (chart next page):
 
Top ten largest lobbying firms
 
Rank Lobby Shop Revenue in millions (Jan.-June 2010)
1 Patton Boggs $ 20.80
2 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld $ 18.1
3 Van Scoyoc Associates $ 14.5
4 Podesta Group $ 14.2
5 Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck $ 11.8
6 Holland & Knight $ 10.8
6 Cassidy & Associates $ 10.8
8 K&L Gates $ 9.8
9 Ogilvy Government Relations $ 9.1
10 Dutko Worldwide $ 8.9
 
Source: Roll Call; Senate Office of Public Records
 
 

Patton Boggs: Model Lobbying Firm?

 
It’s always fascinating to look at Patton Boggs’ earnings and spending on lobbying. As the preeminent lobbying firm (or at least the biggest by numbers) in D.C., Patton Boggs usually provides an interesting cross-section of current issues and spending patterns in lobbying.

Patton Boggs rakes in some large individual accounts, but the average contract (as determined by sum/average method of available filings) is $51,700. The “standard” contract looks to be around $30,000, with 37 filings listing that number.
 
Patton Boggs: Largest individual accounts
 
Rank Name of client Amount Date filed Year
1 Cantor Futures Exchange $ 300,000.00 7/20/2010 2010
2 Mars Incorporated $ 260,000.00 7/18/2010 2010
3 Depository Trust Clearing Corporation $ 230,000.00 7/19/2010 2010
4 Wholesale Markets Brokers Association - Americas $ 220,000.00 7/19/2010 2010
5 Kidney Care Partners $ 200,000.00 7/19/2010 2010
6 Smiths Detection $ 170,000.00 7/20/2010 2010
7 Wake Forest University Health Sciences $ 150,000.00 7/20/2010 2010
8 YRC Worldwide Inc. $ 150,000.00 7/19/2010 2010
9 Assured Guaranty $ 130,000.00 7/19/2010 2010
 
Source: Senate Office of Public Records
 
 
Patton Boggs Expenditures
 
Patton Boggs also spent some of that hard-earned cash this quarter having other firms lobby on their behalf:
 
Registrant Name Client Name Amount
Reported
Date Received Filing Year
Elmendorf Strategies LLC Patton Boggs LLP
(on behalf of Federal Judges Association)
$ 20,000.00 7/20/2010 2010
Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock Patton Boggs $ 50,000.00 7/20/2010 2010
 
Source: Senate Office of Public Records
 
Oil Spill Lobbying
 
The following lobbying entities reported lobbying on the oil spill this quarter
 
Lobbying on the oil spill:
 
Rank Client Amount
1 Shell Oil Company  $ 4,000,000.00
2 National Association of Realtors  $ 3,940,000.00
3 Chevron U.S.A. Inc.  $ 3,920,000.00
4 Exxon Mobil Corp.  $ 2,520,000.00
5 American Petroleum Corp.  $ 2,310,000.00
6 Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC  $ 1,950,000.00
7 Anadarko Petroleum Corporation  $ 1,220,000.00
8 Ace INA Holdings  $ 1,090,000.00
9 American Association for Justice  $ 1,000,000.00
10 Marathon Oil Corporation  $ 980,000.00
 
Source: Senate Office of Public Records
 
Note that numbers for lobbying expenditures are not broken down by issue; therefore, entities that reported spending on multiple issues report a total amount. Thus, for example, Shell Oil Company – who lobbied on multiple issue codes – would report their total lobbying amount of almost $9.5-million for all their issues.
 
DISCLOSE Lobbying
 
A big issue this quarter was the campaign finance bill pushed by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Although this may not have encompassed every entity that lobbied on the legislation (because of different methods of disclosing issues), and should therefore not be considered a complete list, all the entities listed here had the phrase “The DISCLOSE Act” in the expanded lobbying issues section of their LDA report.
 
DISCLOSE Lobbying, 2nd Quarter 2010
 
Rank Firm Amount
1 Chamber of Commerce of the U.S.A. $ 9,480,000.00
2 AARP $ 4,250,000.00
3 National Cable and Telecommunications Association $ 3,930,000.00
4 U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform $ 3,750,000.00
5 National Association of Broadcasters $ 3,020,000.00
6 Exxon Mobil Corp $ 2,520,000.00
7 Clear Channel Communications $ 1,370,000.00
8 Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S., Inc. $ 1,300,000.00
9 GlaxoSmithKline $ 1,210,000.00
10 News America, Inc. $ 1,180,000.00
 
Source: Senate Office of Public Records
 
 
Disaster Planning
 
Looking at the (as BP would say) “Gulf of Mexico incident” as a disaster, it is interesting to analyze the “disaster planning” filings for 2nd quarter 2010. (Chart next page).
 
Disaster Planning Lobbying, 2nd Quarter 2010
 
Rank Firm Amount
1 National Association of Realtors $ 3,940,000.00
2 Financial Services Roundtable $ 1,620,000.00
3 Property Casualty Insurers Association of America $ 1,490,000.00
4 Allstate Insurance Company $ 1,330,000.00
5 American Academy of Family Physicians $ 870,448.00
6 State Farm Insurance Companies $ 640,000.00
7 American Health Care Association $ 480,000.00
8 3M Company $ 450,000.00
9 The Shaw Group, Inc. $ 420,000.00
10 RenRe North America Holdings, Inc $ 400,000.00
 
Source: Senate Office of Public Records
 
 
Financial Institutions / Investments / Securities
 
Financial services and institutions were a great source of political strife this quarter, with the fight over the Financial Regulatory Reform bill inflaming tensions. Below are the top ten spenders listing “financial institutions/investments/securities” in their second quarter filings.
 
Financial Services Lobbying, 2nd Quarter 2010
 
Rank Firm Amount
1 Pacific Gas and Electric Company $ 18,150,000.00
2 Chamber of Commerce of the U.S.A. $ 9,480,000.00
3 General Electric Company (Including Subsidiaries) $ 8,300,000.00
4 ConocoPhillips $ 5,523,002.00
5 Boeing Company $ 4,970,000.00
6 Northrup Grumman Corporation $ 4,930,000.00
7 Verizon Communications Inc. and its Subsidiaries $ 4,440,000.00
8 AARP $ 4,250,000.00
9 Shell Oil Company $ 4,000,000.00
10 National Association of Realtors $ 3,940,000.00
 
Source: Senate Office of Public Records
 
 
Banking
 
Closely connected to the financial services sector is “banking issues.” The following were the top ten entities reporting lobbying on that issue this quarter.  (See table, next page).
 
Banking Lobbying, 2nd Quarter 2010
 
Rank Firm Amount
1 Chamber of Commerce of the U.S.A.  $ 9,480,000.00
2 Fedex Corporation  $ 7,048,094.00
3 National Association of Realtors  $ 3,940,000.00
4 American Bankers Association  $ 2,360,000.00
5 MASTERCARD Worldwide  $ 2,330,000.00
6 CVS Caremark Inc.  $ 2,250,000.00
7 Independent Community Bankers of America  $ 1,650,000.00
8 Hewlett-Packard Company  $ 1,621,430.00
9 Financial Services Roundtable  $ 1,620,000.00
10 Toyota Motor North America Inc. (TMA)  $ 1,609,000.00
 
Source: Senate Office of Public Records
 
 
Health Care
 
Health care lobbying, although less of a political focus after the March passage of the overall reform package, continued unabated in the 2nd Quarter of 2010. Many different organizations sought to have their voice heard as the government starts to implement its newest regulatory system. The following are the top ten spenders listing “Health issues” on their 2nd quarter lobbying disclosure report. (Chart next page).
 
Health Lobbying, 2nd Quarter 2010
 
Firm Amount
Chamber of Commerce of the U.S.A. $ 9,480,000.00
General Electric Company (Including subsidiaries) $ 8,300,000.00
Boeing Company $ 4,970,000.00
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America $ 4,650,000.00
Verizon Communications Inc. and its subsidiaries $ 4,440,000.00
AARP $ 4,250,000.00
American Hospital Association $ 4,230,000.00
American Beverage Association $ 3,950,000.00
National Association of Realtors $ 3,940,000.00
Chevron U.S.A. Inc. $ 3,920,000.00
 
Source: Senate Office of Public Records
 
 
Lobbying by Issue Code
 
Even with the “earmark ban” put into place by the Republican conference in the House, Budget/ Appropriations still continues to be the most popular type of issue filed upon. This quarter, almost 5,000 filings were entered on the issue. (Chart listing filings by issue code continues, pages 7-9)

The least popular types of issue codes include:

• Firearms/Guns/Ammunition, 26
• Apparel/Clothing Industry/Textiles, 25
• Religion, 16
• District of Columbia, 13
• Minting/Money/Gold Standard, 10
 
Filings by issue code, 2nd Quarter 2010
 
Code Issue Area Total Filings Code Issue Area Total Filings
BUD Budget/Appropriations 4901 CPI Computer Industry 167
HCR Health Issues 2601

SMB

Small Business 167
TAX Taxation/Internal Revenue Code 2450

AUT

Automotive Industry 155
DEF Defense 1919

DIS

Disaster Planning /Emergencies 148
ENG Energy/Nuclear 1862

RES

Real Estate/Land Use/Conservation 147
TRA Transportation 1531

RRR

Railroads 142
ENV Environmental/Superfund 1187

TAR

Tariff (Miscellaneous Tariff Bills) 139
FIN Financial Institutions/Investments/Securities 1148

MAN

Manufacturing 136
MMM Medicare/Medicaid 1125

ROD

Roads/Highway 135
EDU Education 975

CHM

Chemicals/Chemical Industry 131
TRD Trade (Domestic & Foreign) 784

AER

Aerospace 112
AGR Agriculture 687

TOR

Torts 110
HOM Homeland Security 653

GAM

Gaming/Gambling/Casino 103
BAN Banking 565

CIV

Civil Rights/Civil Liberties 95
TEC Telecommunications 563

ART

Arts/Entertainment 90
CAW Clean Air & Water (Quality) 544

ADV

Advertising 87
CPT Copyright/Patent/Trademark 543

ANI

Animals 81
GOV Government Issues 543

TOB

Tobacco 77
NAT Natural Resources 500

FAM

Family Issues/Abortion/Adoption 73
SCI Science/Technology 411

WAS

Waste (hazardous/solid/interstate/nuclear) 72
LAW Law Enforcement/Crime/Criminal Justice 384

TOU

Travel/Tourism 64
CSP Consumer Issues/Safety /Protection 357

POS

Postal 61
AVI Aviation/Aircraft /Airlines 338

TRU

Trucking/Shipping 58
FOO Food Industry (Safety, Labeling, etc.) 331

BNK

Bankruptcy 57
HOU Housing 321

BEV

Beverage Industry 53
INS Insurance 321

CDT

Commodities (Big Ticket) 50
COM Communications/Broadcasting/Radio /TV 311

ALC

Alcohol & Drug Abuse 45
FOR Foreign Relations 303

WEL

Welfare 45
IMM Immigration 299

CON

Constitution 44
MAR Marine/Maritime/Boating/Fisheries 286

LBR

Labor Issues/Antitrust/Workplace 42
ECN Economics/Economic Development 283

MIA

Media (Information/Publishing) 40
RET Retirement 256

SPO

Sports/Athletics 40
MED Medical/Disease Research/Clinical Labs 254

ACC

Accounting 38
IND Indian/Native American Affairs 247

UNM

Unemployment 29
URB Urban Development/Municipalities 209

FIR

Firearms/Guns/Ammunition 26
UTI Utilities 191

APP

Apparel/Clothing Industry/Textiles 25
PHA Pharmacy 174

REL

Religion 16
VET Veterans 173

DOC

District of Columbia 13
FUE Fuel/Gas/Oil 172

MON

Minting/Money/Gold Standard 10
 
Source: Senate Office of Public Records
 
A final note on filings: it appears that many, many registrants are still not following the “round to the nearest $10,000” requirement. That is a requirement. Firms/organizations who look back at their filings and discover that they are filing exact amounts should take a hard look at their internal system and ask themselves what other pieces of the puzzle they are missing.
 
 
Methodology
 
Figures were accurate at the time of download (July 21, 2010) from the Senate’s public disclosure website (www.senate.gov/lobby).  Any amendments filed after that date are not reflected in this analysis. In cases throughout this analysis where both an amendment and report had been filed, we discarded the report and used the amendment; thus numbers may have some slight discrepancies.

Note also that this analysis is not broken down between entities filing Internal Revenue Code (IRC) method (more inclusive) and Lobbying Disclosure Act method (less inclusive).

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Roll Call, “Top 25 Lobbying Shops Bring In $227.5 Million,” July 21, 2010. Accessed online at  http://www.rollcall.com/issues/56_9/lobbying/48529-1.html.