June 1, 2007

[Among the top lobbyists listed in the Washingtonian’s “Hired Guns: The City’s 50 Top Lobbyists” are:]


John D. Raffaelli, Capitol Counsel.

Raffaelli began his lobbying career in partnership with Democratic fundraiser and former party chair Terry McAuliffe.

When the Republicans captured the White House in 2000, Raffaelli says he figured a name change to a more generic title, the Washington Group, might be a good idea. With the Democrats back in charge of the legislative branch, Raffaelli is starting over again with Capitol Counsel. He was compelled by agreement to leave his clients with Susan Molinari, who now runs his old firm, but new clients are said to be calling faster than you can say, “The Democrats are back.”