The greatest in helping the grassroots to grow

Nan Aron, Alliance for Justice Instrumental in last year’s fight over Supreme Court nominations, Aron has now turned her attention to the U.S. attorneys controversy.
Joan Claybrook, Public Citizen Claybrook and her group could have a lot more clout in a Congress that is aggressively targeting federal agencies and corporate America.

Chris Cox, National Rifle Association Cox and his colleague Chuck Cunningham keep winning battles, such as earning gun owners further protections legal firearms were confiscated following Hurricane Katrina.

Steve Ellis, Taxpayers for Common Sense Ellis and colleague Keith Ashdown do not waste any time in pointing out wasteful spending and loopholes in earmark reform, cementing their group’s national prominence.
Brad Gordon, American Israeli Public Affairs Committee AIPAC’s strength was reflected at its recent annual meeting, which was attended by congressional leaders from both parties as well as Vice President Cheney.
Robert Hartwig, Insurance Information Institute III’s president and chief economist has testified in numerous congressional hearings this year.
Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Born and raised in D.C., the voting rights activist is welcomed in many offices, including those held by Reps. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.).
Craig Holman, Public Citizen The go-to guy on campaign finance, Holman is working on lobbying and ethics proposals.

Fred Krupp, Environmental Defense Since 1984, Krupp has expanded his group’s operations and worked with big business to lessen pollution.
Thea Lee, assistant director for international economics, AFL-CIO Lee remains labor’s best-known and well-respected critic of the administration’s trade policies.
Tom McClusky, Family Research Council The FRC will be front and center in the fight against taxpayer-funded stem cell research and abortions. McClusky’s Hill lobby work intersects with Connie Mackey’s new advocacy role.
Cecilia Muñoz, National Council of La Raza As senior vice president, Muñoz leads La Raza’s lobbying efforts on immigration reform, a key issue for both parties given the growing Hispanic population.
Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform
The anti-tax king still holds sway in conservative circles despite his friendship with Jack Abramoff.
Bill Novelli, AARP The mammoth seniors’ group has become even more assertive in Washington and on the campaign trail under Novelli, who is a hands-on chief executive.
Travis Plunkett, Consumer Federation of America
Plunkett is a thorn in the side of the credit card industry, constantly criticizing aggressive lending policies for increasing consumer debt.
Ron Pollack, Families USA Pollack’s influence among Democrats on healthcare issues cannot be overstated.
Bill Samuel, AFL-CIO
Unions are coming in from the cold under the Democrats, and Samuel is regarded as organized labor’s top lobbyist.

Ray Scheppach, National Governers Association Getting 50 governors to agree on anything is no small feat but when that happens, Scheppach is their experienced hand in Washington.
Melanie Sloan, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
The former assistant U.S. attorney has established CREW as a fierce watchdog.
Eugene Trisko, United Mine Workers of America “This guy is sharp,” a Senate aide said.

Lori Wallach, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch Since early in the Clinton administration, Wallach has been a key player among the groups trying to block trade deals.
Fred Wertheimer, Democracy 21 A sage of the reform community, Wertheimer is working on new ethics and public campaign-financing legislation.