Top Lobbyists: Corporate

Sam Adcock, EADS North America. Once the chief defense adviser to former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), Adcock is charged with helping continue the firm’s expansion into the U.S. after it came up short in the Air Force tanker competition. 

Cory Alexander, UnitedHealth Group. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer’s (D-Md.) former chief of staff has the congressional background needed to help the nation’s largest insurer navigate the healthcare skirmishes to come. 


Bryan Anderson, Southern Company. Anderson left the Coca-Cola Company last year to take the reins of the utility giant’s agile government affairs team.

Sid Ashworth, Northrop Grumman. Ashworth is part of an executive team that transformed the world’s fourth-largest defense firm in 2010, opting to focus primarily on intelligence and information systems, radars and satellites. 

Bill Barloon, Sprint. The company is aligning with public-interest groups as it tries to put the brakes on the AT&T mega-merger with T-Mobile, which would leave Sprint a distant third in the marketplace. 

Abigail Blunt, Kraft Foods. The socialite is back to lobbying the House now that husband Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntOvernight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Five takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision GOP senator: I want to make Biden a 'one-half-term president' MORE (R-Mo.) has joined the Senate; she’ll have her hands full with agriculture, trade and nutrition issues. 

Stephen Brown, Tesoro. The oil-refining powerhouse has expanded its lobbying presence and made headway in its drive to ensure that the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases is limited. 

Naomi Gendler Camper, JPMorgan Chase and Co. Camper, a former aide to Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim JohnsonTimothy (Tim) Peter JohnsonCornell to launch new bipartisan publication led by former Rep. Steve Israel Trump faces tough path to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac overhaul Several hurt when truck runs into minimum wage protesters in Michigan MORE (D-S.D.), helps lead the Washington charge for a Wall Street giant skeptical of Dodd-Frank. 

Pablo Chavez, Google. The search giant and its formidable government affairs team will have plenty to say about the prospect of consumer privacy legislation, which has bipartisan support in Congress. 

Jim Cicconi, Tim McKone and Peter Jacoby, AT&T Corp. The company showed it has more than a little confidence in the skills of its D.C. arm when it moved forward on a $39 billion merger with T-Mobile. 

Maria Cino, Pfizer. Cino had Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerAre maskless House members scofflaws? Israel, Democrats and the problem of the Middle East Joe Crowley to register as lobbyist for recording artists MORE’s (R-Ohio) backing during her run for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee and now lobbies for the pharmaceutical giant on issues like the Prescription Drug User Fee Act.

Peter Cleveland, Intel. The former top aide for Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinYouth climate activists march outside California homes of Pelosi and Feinstein Cosmetic chemicals need a makeover Progressives want to tighten screws beyond Manchin and Sinema MORE (D-Calif.) has led the Silicon Valley titan’s push to reform the immigration system for engineers, scientists and other workers in tech fields. 

Steven Cortese, Alliant Techsystems. Cortese draws on his experience from stints at Lockheed Martin and the Senate Appropriations Committee to represent the aerospace firm on the Hill and at the Pentagon. 

Greg Dahlberg, Lockheed Martin. Dahlberg heads up Washington operations for the world’s leading defense contractor, which says its F-35 fighter program should be spared from additional funding cuts. 

Peter Davidson, Verizon. Davidson is hard at work pushing for cybersecurity privacy rules that protect customers’ data while leaving room for innovation.

Nancy Dorn, General Electric. Dorn, a former deputy director at the Office of Management and Budget, is at the helm of a robust Washington lobbying team that has a policy portfolio as diverse as the corporate titan’s businesses. 

Theresa Fariello, Exxon Mobil. The former Energy Department official has been fully engaged in the battles over regulations, oil subsidies and deepwater drilling.  

Tucker Foote, MasterCard. With the battle over swipe fees in the rearview mirror, Foote and MasterCard will be focusing on the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which aims to overhaul paperwork for financial products like credit cards. 

Matt Gelman and Fred Humphries, Microsoft. The software giant has seen its D.C. profile slip in recent years, but is making strong inroads in the federal contracting market with its cloud-based offerings. 

Bob Helm, General Dynamics. The veteran defense executive’s job description — which includes government relations, strategic planning, international business analysis, investor relations and communications — leaves no doubt as to his stature and influence. 

Ed Hill, Bank of America. Known as a details guy, Hill is immersed in the battle over implementation of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law and has waded into the debate over online privacy regulations. 

Tim Keating, Boeing. The former special adviser to President Clinton helped his firm score a major upset over European rival Airbus in the controversial race for a $35 billion aerial tanker competition. 

Kent Knutson, Home Depot. Knutson lobbies for the home improvement retailer, which backed the limit on interchange fees despite fierce pushback from the banking industry. 

Bill Lane, Caterpillar. Lane is the plugged-in government affairs director for Caterpillar Inc., which is making one last push to get the trade agreement with Colombia over the finish line. 

Pete Lawson and Ziad Ojakli, Ford Motor Co. President Obama has invested political capital in putting Ford at the forefront of the shift toward hybrid and electric cars, and renewable energy has become one of the automaker’s lobbying priorities. 

Melissa Maxfield, Kyle McSlarrow and Kathy Zachem, Comcast Corp. Maxfield and Zachem were integral in ushering Comcast’s mega-deal with NBC Universal past regulators; now D.C. veteran McSlarrow is on board to sing the praises of cable in a world that’s increasingly going mobile. 

Robert McMahon, Merck. McMahon’s at the center of the action as Congress prepares to renegotiate the industry fees that fund regulators at the Food and Drug Administration.

Scott Miller, Procter & Gamble. Miller is staying plenty busy with proposed trade agreements with Korea, Panama and Colombia, but those pacts barely scratch the surface of the company’s substantial trade lobbying in Washington. 

Sean O’Hollaren, Honeywell International. The former legislative affairs liaison for ex-President George W. Bush is an effective advocate for the conglomerate on issues that run the gamut from defense to environment to trade. 

Emmett O’Keefe, Amazon.com. O’Keefe, once an aide to former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), is out front for the online retailer as it pushes Congress to replace the patchwork of state-level online sales taxes with a national standard. 

Michael Paese, Goldman Sachs. Goldman and Paese, a veteran of both K Street and Capitol Hill, are among those looking to capture a larger share of the housing finance system. 

Dean Pappas and Stacy Sharpe, Allstate. The insurer’s first-rate D.C. team covers a lot of policy ground, tackling issues from industry regulation to healthcare.

Joe Seidel, Credit Suisse. Seidel leads lobbying efforts for the Swiss banking giant, which has been in congressional crosshairs for its offshore banking practices. 

Matthew Stanton, Fortune Brands. Stanton lobbies for the consumer brands company on an eclectic mix of issues ranging from energy efficiency to trade duties on golf club parts.

Louisa Terrell, Facebook. Terrell helped steer President Obama’s legislative agenda through Senate as a White House aide and is now charged with protecting the social networking giant’s core business as Congress pushes for Internet privacy rules.

Tom Tauke and Howard Woolley, Verizon Wireless. The government affairs team for Verizon is contesting new regulations on net neutrality and data roaming as usual ally AT&T retreats into merger mode. 

Sarah Thorn, Wal-Mart. Thorn is a highly regarded trade expert who has been keeping close tabs on the trade agreements with Korea, Panama and Colombia. 

Jonathan Weisgall, Mid-American Energy Holdings Co. MidAmerican is a diverse energy company, making the leadership of veteran attorney Weisgall, VP for legislative and regulatory affairs, vital in the fast-changing policy landscape. 

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