December 12, 2011

Capitol Counsel’s Jim McCrery and John Raffaelli were among the most powerful lobbyists in Washington this year, according to First Street, a research group focused on the people and organizations influencing policy (30 lobbyists in total were named).

Using the amount their firms were paid, the number and diversity of clients and the number of Fortune 100 clients they represented, First Street compiled lists of the top lobbyists in town, divided among former members of Congress, former staffers and professional lobbyists.

[Among the top lobbyists listed in First Street’s 30 “Top Federal Lobbyists” are:]

Representative James McCrery, III — Capitol Counsel, LLC

“The former Louisiana Republican was known for his even demeanor and expertise on tax, trade, and health care matters during his stint on the House Ways and Means Committee…

He was named in 2010 by the Washington Post as one of four “lobbyists to watch” with the Republican takeover of the House…”

John Raffaelli — Capitol Counsel, LLC

“… Raffaelli is a longtime Democratic strategist and fundraiser. He learned his way around Capitol Hill while serving as counsel on tax and international trade to Democrat Lloyd Bentsen of Texas, former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and later secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton… Raffaelli continues to be active in Democratic campaigns. He participated in Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign and Sen. John Kerry’s presidential bid, and he still holds fundraisers for various congressional campaigns.”