Top Lobbyists

Top Lobbyists 2016: Corporate

Lobbying runs deep in Washington.

Every day, thousands of law firms, associations and advocacy groups seek to exert influence over policymaking away from the glare of presidential and congressional politics.

{mosads}In such a crowded field, a select few have shown an ability to get things done — and it’s those movers and shakers who are among The Hill’s Top Lobbyists.

From the “hired guns” who populate K Street, to the lobbyists who derive strength from grassroots organizing, to the trade associations harnessing industry might, to the professionals representing America’s biggest companies, influence comes in many forms.

Many of the people on The Hill’s list are not formally registered to lobby. We use the term broadly here to encompass Washington’s influence arena and those who do battle within it.


Cory Alexander, UnitedHealth Group Inc.

A former chief of staff to House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Alexander heads up lobbying for the nation’s largest health insurer as it deals with a shifting and consolidating industry.


Bryan Anderson, Southern Co.

Southern Company is aiming to open a carbon capture coal-fired power plant in Mississippi this year, putting Anderson in the thick of the clean coal movement.


Sid Ashworth, Northrop Grumman Corp.

Coming off Northrop’s big win last year in bidding for the B-21 bomber, Ashworth and her team worked to ensure support for the program in the annual defense policy and spending bills. 


Bill Barloon, Sprint Nextel Corp.

Barloon has helped the company make its presence felt on everything from patent reform to wireless service in the Washington Metrorail system.


Wayne Berman, Blackstone Group LP

A veteran lobbyist with deep ties to Republican donors, Berman is able to draw upon his connections to advocate for the prominent private investment firm.


Abigail Blunt, Kraft Foods Group Inc.

Blunt brings considerable policy chops to Kraft, recently helping the company navigate issues such as labeling for genetically modified food, manufacturing-tax deductions and trade deals.


Stephen Brown, Tesoro Corp.

Congress still hasn’t acted on pressure from fuel refiners and the oil industry to overhaul the Renewable Fuel Standard, but Brown is working to find an opening.


Will Carty, Twitter Inc.

Carty has been with Twitter since 2012, helping to build a lobbying operation that increasingly is confronted with broad questions of free speech and national security.


Pablo Chavez, LinkedIn Corp.

Chavez is an envoy for the professional networking site at a time when the company is navigating the implications of its proposed sale to Microsoft.


Maria Cino, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Cino’s resume speaks to her versatility; before coming to HP, she served as the vice president for federal government relations at Pfizer and held positions at the Republican National Committee and the Department of Transportation.


Peter Cleveland, Intel Corp.

Bridging the gap between Silicon Valley and Washington, the Sen. Barbara Feinstein (D-Calif.) alum has helped lead the charge for the chipmaker on issues like immigration reform.


Kenneth Cole, Pfizer Inc.

In a tough year for drugmakers on Capitol Hill, Cole and the pharmaceutical giant continued to exert influence on issues like taxes and intellectual property. 


Nancy Dorn, General Electric Co.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, the first federal energy reform bill since 2007 and the Export-Import Bank were among this year’s top concerns for General Electric and Dorn, a former budget official in the George W. Bush administration.


Mark Esper, Raytheon Co.

The former Pentagon official, Senate staffer and Army colonel led Raytheon’s lobbying efforts in a number of areas in this year’s defense policy bill, including acquisition policy and missile systems.


Theresa Fariello, ExxonMobil Corp.

Speaking for the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, Fariello has pushed Congress to respond to Obama administration rules on ozone, methane and other climate-related issues.


Bob Filippone, Merck & Co. Inc.

Filippone knows his way around the pharmaceutical world, having served as a top lobbyist for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and now at Merck. 


Tucker Foote, MasterCard Inc.

Foote is at the forefront of the battle over cybersecurity measures and the long-running clash with merchants over swipe fees.


Nate Gatten, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

As head of global government relations for the biggest bank in the country, Gatten has worked for JPMorgan’s issues on and off Capitol Hill since 2008.


Matt Gelman and Fred Humphries, Microsoft Corp.

Gelman and Humphries keep Microsoft plugged into the Capitol, tapping their Hill experience to work both sides of the aisle.


Kathleen Ham, T-Mobile US Inc.

Ham heads up the state and federal lobbying operation of the wireless company, which is giving larger competitors a run for their money.


Bruce Harris, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

As the senior director of federal government relations, Harris led the retail giant’s fight this year against the mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods while pushing passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.


Robert Helm, General Dynamics Corp.

Helm, the senior vice president of planning and development, is the chief lobbyist for General Dynamics, a top performer in the world of government contracting.


Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, Univision Communications Inc.

Herrera-Flanigan has a lot of ground to cover at Univision, which is now the largest Spanish-language media company in the country.


Guy Hicks, Airbus Group

Hicks was on the front lines as Airbus successfully sought U.S. to sell planes to Iran, leading to a multibillion-dollar deal.


Ed Hill, Bank of America Corp.

Hill has kept the major financial institution in the mix on banking regulations, cybersecurity and data breach protections for more than a decade.


Joel Kaplan, Facebook Inc.

Kaplan was promoted two years ago to lead policy worldwide for the social network; more recently, the former GOP official helped navigate the company through charges of bias in its “trending” feature.


Timothy Keating, Boeing Co.

This year alone, Boeing won approval to sell airplanes to Iran; fought for its joint venture with Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance to use Russian-made rocket engines; and continued to work on issues related to the Export-Import Bank.


Kent Knutson, Home Depot Inc.

Knutson ensures the hardware giant has a place at the table in discussions over tax reform and labor law.


Melissa Lavinson, PG&E Corp.

Lavinson’s team at PG&E lobbies Congress and the administration on energy, environment and taxation issues, all while keeping a sharp focus on the utility’s sustainability strategy.   


Chris Leahy, Bayer Corp.

Leahy has been with the pharmaceutical company for nearly three years, expanding its lobbying efforts in grassroots and digital advocacy.


Drew Maloney, Hess Corp.

Policy victories for the oil industry have been hard to come by during the Obama administration, but Maloney played a key role in convincing Congress to overturn the oil export ban.


Melissa Maxfield, Comcast Corp.

Once an aide to former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D), Maxfield has been with the cable giant for more than a decade, navigating a period of rapid evolution for the industry.


Tim McKone, AT&T Inc.

AT&T knows how to move the needle in Washington; this year, it helped beat back a proposal to radically open up the market for set-top boxes.


Susan Molinari, Google Inc.

Molinari helped Google grow into a Washington powerhouse; now it’s becoming a key player in regulatory fights over self-driving cars and artificial intelligence.


Christopher Myers, Caterpillar Inc.

Myers has trade on his mind at the heavy equipment giant, which is set on expanding business with Cuba, trading with the Pacific Rim and ensuring U.S. businesses can rely on the Export-Import Bank.


Ziad Ojakli, Ford Motor Co.

Ojakli keeps his foot on the gas for the Fortune 500 company as it forges ahead with plans to build fully driverless vehicles.


Chris Padilla, IBM

IBM’s vice president of government and regulatory affairs boasts an extensive resume in trade, having held roles in the Commerce Department, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the State Department.


Michael Paese, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

A veteran of the House Financial Services Committee, Paese has been Goldman’s voice in Washington since 2009, keeping the Wall Street giant in the mix.


Dean Pappas, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.

Pappas leads the way for Nationwide as it lobbies on insurance regulation, tax reform, retirement plans and cybersecurity.


Robert Rangel, Lockheed Martin Corp.

Rangel oversees an in-house government affairs team that lobbies on a range of programs from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to the littoral combat ships. 


Joseph Seidel, Credit Suisse Group AG

Seidel leads the Swiss bank’s lobbying on a slew of rules related to international trading, bank liquidity requirements and proposed international corporate tax laws.


Jonathan Weisgall, Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co.

Weisgall and Berkshire Hathaway have urged action on an overhaul of federal energy laws, aiming to pass a major energy bill for the first time since 2007.


Candi Wolff and John Emling, Citigroup Inc.

Both Wolff and Emling worked as legislative liaisons in the administration of President George W. Bush;  since 2011, they have helped push the bank’s priorities on everything from trade to cybersecurity.


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