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Association Lobbying: A Boon for K Street and a Tool for Associations

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 by Vbhotla

FOR MANY ASSOCIATIONS, a crucial aspect of their mission is to advocate their legislative agenda before Congress. Likewise, association lobbying can be a welcome boon to firms, especially since lobbying revenue has declined in recent years. But which firms are the most influential in the association space, both in terms of clients and income? And, conversely, which associations spend the most on lobbying, and therefore are among the most influential in government relations?

Based on data from, we were able to determine the top five lobbying firms for total active association clients as well as for total association income in 2013:

  1. K&L Gates LLP: 24 association clients
  2. Ernst & Young and Patton Boggs LLP: 23 association clients
  3. Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, PC: 22 association clients
  4. Capitol Counsel LLC and The Podesta Group: 21 association clients
  5. Hogan Lovells LLP and Van Scoyoc Associates, Inc.: 20 association clients

There are few surprises on this list for anyone familiar with the government relations industry, but how do these firms stack up in terms of total association income for 2013?

  1. Patton Boggs LLP: $6,090,000
  2. The Podesta Group: $4,430,000
  3. Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc.: $4,100,000
  4. Ernst & Young: $3,940,000
  5. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP: $3,930,000

While this list contains some of the biggest firms on K Street, it’s clear that catering to the association space can prove lucrative. It’s also evident that associations see the worth in investing considerable funds to lobby Congress effectively, but which associations (and industries) wielded the most significant monetary clout on K Street in 2013?

  1. Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA): $275,781
  2. National Cable & Telecommunications Association: $211,365
  3. Edison Electric Institute: $148,962
  4. Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO): $130,845
  5. U.S. Chamber of Commerce: $128,832

These associations represent some of the biggest and most lucrative industries in America, so it’s no shock that they have the most money to spend on lobbying, but they’re not the only associations who are willing to spend significant cash to further their legislative agendas; four other associations spent six figures in 2013, and 35 others spent more than $50,000. Despite congressional gridlock and a government shutdown, associations are finding ways to make themselves heard on Capitol Hill.

Who are the Preeminent Association Lobbyists? You Tell Us.

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 by Geoffrey Lyons

ASSOCIATION TRENDS, another division of Columbia Books, is now accepting nominations for the TRENDS 2013 Leading Association Lobbyists. This distinction is meant for an on-staff lobbyist of an association that is eligible to lobby, or a lobbyist who is hired to represent an association, such as a member of a lobbying firm or an independent lobbyist.

Submit your nomination via email to Association TRENDS Managing Editor, Ed Dalere.

Who should be nominated

Any association executive whose job it is to lobby or a lobbyist hired by an association can be nominated. Please note that this is not a distinction for someone who is new to association lobbying.

Past recipients of this distinction include Tom Kuhn, President, Edison Electric Institute; Steven Anderson, CEO, National Association of Chain Drug Stores; and Jim Clarke, Public Policy VP, ASAE.

Who should make nominations

Colleagues, peers, Hill staff, and anyone involved in lobbying.


All nominations are kept confidential. If you wish to be known to the nominee, you must express so in your nomination.

The complete nomination includes:

  1. Basic info: Name, title, association(s) the lobbyist represents, firm (if applicable), email and phone number.
  2. Two accomplishments: Please list two clearly identifiable major accomplishments in the past two years, e.g., authored a bill that became law; turned the tide on a measure; assisted in getting a change of policy or regulation that invariably helped the industry.
  3. Comments: Tell us why you believe your nomination should receive this distinction. Mention character, reputation, activities related to industry, etc. Brevity is best.
  4. Recommendations: The nomination itself is one recommendation; please include at least one other professional recommendation or a contact to whom we can reach out. Recommendations from the association’s volunteer leadership are welcome but should not be entered in place of a recommendation from a professional peer or colleague. Again, brevity is best.


  1. Nominations are sent to TRENDS Managing Editor, Ed Dalere:
  2. Finalists are selected from nominations.
  3. Successful finalists will be notified via email, and will be asked for more information as needed.
  4. Successful finalists will undergo a brief interview.


Deadline for nominations is Sept. 2, 2013 at 12:00pm Eastern Time.

Nominees will only be notified if they are selected as finalists.  Likewise, nominators will only be notified if their nominations are successful.

Successful finalists will be notified via email by Sept. 23, 2013.

Questions? Contact TRENDS Managing Editor, Ed Dalere: