May 14, 2009

The last election gave Democrats the White House and firmer control of Congress. That power shift has been reflected on K Street, where Democratic lobbyists, not long ago relegated to almost an afterthought, are once again in vogue. What follows is The Hill’s annual effort to name a few of the best lobbyists for hire in town.

Given the state of play, this year’s list is dominated by Democrats, although a number of Republicans continue to thrive.

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

John Raffaelli, Capitol Counsel. A one-time Democratic staffer in the House and Senate, Raffaelli has a quarter-century of Washington ties.