Lobbyists waiting for GOP contenders to declare

K Street lobbyists are still mulling which contender to support in the 2012 GOP presidential primary. Our colleague, Kevin Bogardus, explains the significance of having these Washington professionals on a candidate's campaign team.

Lobbyist support for a candidate can be key to a White House hopeful because of their help with fundraising and outreach to members of Congress, as well as the policy and political advice they can offer.

Two potential GOP contenders have strong connections to K Street — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour — having both worked extensively in town. But some of the other possible candidates also have their own camps of lobbyists.

Bogardus reports:

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) has his own batch of K Street supporters, including Sam Geduldig of Clark Lytle & Geduldig and former Rep. Vin Weber (R-Minn.) of Clark & Weinstock, who co-chairs Pawlenty’s political action committee and helps with policy advice.
Erich Mische of the Bockorny Group would also back Pawlenty.

Drew Maloney of Ogilvy Government Relations is handling congressional outreach for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R). In addition, Wayne Berman at Ogilvy is helping Romney with fundraising. And if Romney runs, Bob Marsh of the OB-C Group and Alex Mistri at the Glover Park Group would support him.

Another Romney supporter, Ron Kaufman, chairman of Dutko Worldwide, said the former governor fits the White House bill.