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Top 25 Lobby Shops of 2012

The top lobbying practices are based on revenues reported to Congress under the Lobbying Disclosure Act. In many cases, the firms provided the totals to CQ Roll Call; CQ Roll Call also tabulated totals using reports on file as of press time with the secretary of the Senate and by using data from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

Rank Lobby Shop Revenue Percent Change 2011 Revenue 2011 Rank Notes
1 Patton Boggs 46 -5 48.4 1 Big rainmakers include former Sens. John B. Breaux and Trent Lott
2 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld 31.2 -17.9 38 2 The firm's Smitty Davis called it a 'year in which there was much slower activity throughout Washington.'
3 Podesta Group 27.5 1.5 27.1 3 Top spending clients included Accretive Health and US Airways
4 Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck 22.5 1.8 22.1 5 Firm has 'strong momentum going into 2013,' said managing partner Al Mottur.
4 Van Scoyoc Associates 22.3 -11 .9 25.3 4 Filed terminations for Autism Speaks and the Sacramento County Airport System in the 4th quarter of 2012
6 Williams & Jensen 18 0 18 10 Big clients included Bloomberg LP and United Airlines
7 Holland & Knight 17.7 -6.8 19 8 Firm officials say they do more non-LDA work with the executive branch
8 K&L Gates 17.1 -8.6 18.7 9 Bottom line boost from clients Pitney Bowes and Boeing Employees' Credit Union
9 Cassidy & Associates 15.5 -23.3 20.2 6 Former top firm continues LDA revenue slide
10 Ogilvy Government Relations 13.9 -30.2 19.9 7 Lost top rainmakers and major client Chevron in 2012
11 BGR Group 13.7 -11.6 15.5 11 New client Chevron a big spender at the firm
12 Alston + Bird 13.7 0 13.7 13 Lobby team led by former Sens. Bob Dole and Blanche Lincoln and ex-Reps. Billy Tauzin and Earl Pomeroy
13 Peck, Madigan, Jones & Stewart 13 10.2 11.8 18 Biggest and notable clients included U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Deutsche Bank Securities and Facebook
14 Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti 12.9 3.2 12.5 16 Personal Care Products Council, Wal-Mart among client list
15 Hogan Lovells 12.5 -18.8 15.4 12 Nissan North America a big driver of business for the firm
16 Capitol Counsel 12.1 11 10.9 22 Represented Amgen and American Bankers Association
17 Washington Council Ernst & Young 11.5 -5 12.1 17 Terminated with clients Amgen, Advanced Medical Technology Association
17 McBee Strategic Consulting 11.5 -10.9 12.9 15 Boeing, Google among client roster
19 Cornerstone Government Affairs 11.3 -13 .1 13 14 Clients in 2012 included Chobani Yogurt, Johnson & Johnson and Visa
20 Covington & Burling 10.9 -2.7 11.2 20 Filed termination with Caterpillar after it paid $120,000 for fourth quarter
21 Fierce Isakowitz & Blalock 10.5 -2.8 10.8 23 All-GOP shop is the biggest firm that is not bipartisan
22 Duberstein Group 10.3 4 9.9 n/a Most clients pay flat $100,000-per-quarter lobby tab
22 Capitol Tax Partners 10.3 -6.4 11 21 Lobbyists include tax experts Lindsay Hooper, Jon Talisman and Joe Mikrut
24 Alpine Group 9.7 -8.5 10.6 n/a Client list includes BP America, Recording Industry Association of America and Wal-Mart
25 Venable 9.6 -1 9.7 n/a Former Rep. Bart Stupak lobbies for such clients as the Entertainment Software Association and Endo Pharmaceuticals