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January 29, 2008

Number of Lobbyist-Fundraisers
for Presidential Candidates
Already Exceeds 2004 Totals

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Presidential candidates already have recruited more lobbyist-fundraisers in this election cycle than they did for the entire 2004 campaign.

To date, candidates still in the race have recruited 142 federal lobbyists to serve as “bundlers” (a term for fundraisers whose success at raising money is monitored by the candidates). In the 2004 cycle, the candidates who disclosed their big fundraisers’ names – George Bush, John Kerry and Howard Dean – had a total of 136 lobbyist-bundlers.

Republican John McCain has more lobbyist-fundraisers than any other candidate, with nearly twice as many as runner-up Rudy Giuliani. Among Democrats, Hillary Clinton has the most lobbyist-fundraisers, which is not surprising because her chief opponents have adopted a policy of not accepting help from current lobbyists. Barack Obama and John Edwards each have bundlers who previously registered as lobbyists and are counted in this study.

Candidate

Number of Lobbyist Bundlers

John McCain

59

Rudy Giuliani

35

Hillary Clinton

20

Mitt Romney

16

Barack Obama

10

John Edwards

3

Public Citizen recently learned of many new lobbyist-bundlers for McCain. Twenty-four registered lobbyists were among at least 29 co-chairs for a McCain fundraiser held Monday at Charlie Palmer Steak, a tony lobbyists’ hangout. Each co-chair was expected to raise at least $10,000, according to an invitation for the event posted on the website of Politico, a Washington newspaper. Some of these lobbyist-fundraisers were previously unknown to the public.

Public Citizen maintains a clearinghouse of the presidential campaigns bundlers at www.WhiteHouseforSale.org. The website explains differences in candidates’ reporting policies and Public Citizen’s methodology for classifying fundraisers as bundlers.

Bundlers for John McCain Who Have Registered as Federal Lobbyists

Lobbyist Bundlers

State

Employer

Robert S. Aiken*

DC

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation

William J. Bailey III*

VA

The Walt Disney Company

Rhonda A. Bentz*

DC

Visa USA Inc.

Wayne Berman*

DC

Ogilvy Government Relations

Charlie Black

DC

BKSH & Associates (WPP Group)

Judy Black*

DC

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Kirk Blalock*

VA

Fierce Isakowitz & Blalock

Christine Burgeson*

VA

Citigroup Inc.

Eric Robert Burgeson*

VA

Barbour Griffith & Rogers

Kerry Cammack

TX

Cammack and Strong

Kirsten Ardleigh Chadwick*

VA

Fierce Isakowitz & Blalock

Rob Chamberlin*

DC

McBee Strategic Consulting

Susan Charlton

AZ

Gallagher & Kennedy

John Clerici

VA

McKenna Long

James Courter

NJ

IDT Corp.

Bryan Cunningham*

VA

Barbour Griffith & Rogers

Doug B. Davenport*

DC

DCI Group

Kurt Davis

AZ

Hamilton, Gullett, Davis & Roman

Kevin Fay

VA

Alcalde & Fay

Chris Fidler

WA

NWLO Inc.

Thomas Fiorentino Jr.

FL

Fiorentino & Hewett

Laurance Gay

CT

Business Strategies and Insight

Samuel K. Geduldig*

DC

Clark Lytle & Geduldig

David Girard-diCarlo

PA

Blank Rome

Michael Glassner

NJ

IDT Corp.

Juleanna R. Glover Weiss*

DC

The Ashcroft Group

Phil Gramm

TX

UBS

John M. Green*

DC

Ogilvy Government Relations

Wes Gullett

AZ

Hamilton, Gullett, Davis & Roman

Kent Hance

TX

Hance Scarborough Wright Woodward & Weisbart

Richard Hohlt

VA

Hohlt and Associates

Gaylord T. Hughey Jr.

TX

Self-employed

Peter Huntsman

TX

Huntsman International LLC

Aleix Jarvis*

VA

Fierce Isakowitz &  Blalock

Christine Jones

AZ

The Go Daddy Group Inc.

Charles N. “Chip” Kahn III*

VA

Federation of American Hospitals

William Kilberg†‡

VA

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Steve Kuykendall

CA

Strategic Marketing Innovations

Jack Lichtenstein

VA

Asis Intl.

Thomas G. Loeffler

TX

The Loeffler Group, LLP

Peter T. Madigan*

DC

Johnson, Madigan, Peck, Boland & Stewart,

John McGovern

DC

McGovern & Smith

Mike McKay

WA

McKay Chadwell

Timothy P. McKone*

DC

AT&T

Alison H. McSlarrow*

VA

McSlarrow Consulting

Kyle E. McSlarrow*

VA

National Cable & Telecommunications Association

Michael E. Meece*

MD

The Meece Group

David A. Metzner

VA

American Continental Group

John Munger

AZ

Munger Chadwick PL

James L. Pitts*

DC

DC Navigators

Timothy F. Powers

VA

Artemis Strategies

Michael Racy

AZ

Racy and Associates

Sloan W. Rappoport*

DC

Downey McGrath Group

Steve Roman

AZ

Hamilton, Gullett, Davis & Roman

Matt Salmon

AZ

Greenberg Traurig

Fife Symington

AZ

Symington Group LLC

Raymond T. Wagner Jr.

MO

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Tony Williams

WA

Washington2 Advocates

Fred Zeidman

TX

Corporate Strategies

*Event co-chair for Jan. 28 fundraiser
† Spouse is event co-chair for Jan. 28 fundraiser
‡Bundler for Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004 and/or 2000

Bundlers for Rudy Giuliani Who Have Registered as Federal Lobbyists

Lobbyist Bundlers

State

Employer

Philmore B. Anderson

DC

Navigators

Thomas Bezas

VA

Aeroflex

John DiLorenzo

OR

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Adam S. Falkoff

VA

Quinn Gillespie

Anthony P. Foti

VA

Akin Gump

Michael Govan

VA

Legacy Group

Lanny Griffith

DC

Barbour Griffith & Rogers

Charles L. Grizzle

DC

Grizzle Co.

Robert M. Harding

NY

Greenburg Traurig

Richard N. Holwill

DC

Alticor Inc.

David Javdan

DC

Unknown

W. James Jonas III

TX

Holland and Knight

Charles N. “Chip” Kahn III*

DC

Federation of American Hospitals

John Kelly

WA

Microsoft

Steve Kupka

NE

Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP

Milam Mabry

VA

Bracewell and Giuliani

Jorge Martinez

VA

Arcadian Communications

Linda Maynor

AL

Balch and Bingham

Kevin P. McMahon

VA

TRW Automotive

James F. Miller

VA

Hunton & Williams

Susan Molinari

VA

Washington Group

Bob Naylor

CA

Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Mueller & Naylor

Terry Neese

OK

Grassroots Impact

Theodore B. Olson

VA

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Stephen P. Payne

TX

Payne Consulting

Jerry Pierce-Santos

VA

InterAmerica Inc.

Peter J. Powers

NY

Global Strategies LLC

Raul Romero

VA

Alliance Consulting Group LLC

John C. Runyan

VA

International Paper

Peter  Terpeluk Jr.

MD

American Continental Group

David J. Urban

MD

American Continental Group

Mark Valente

VA

Valente & Associates

Dirk W. Van Dongen

DC

National Association Of Wholesaler-Distributors

Paul F. Welday

MI

Strategic Public Affairs

Michael J. Zarrelli

MD

Alticor Inc.

‡Bundler for Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004 and/or 2000

Bundlers for Hillary Clinton Who Have Registered as Federal Lobbyists

Lobbyist Bundlers

State

Employer

Matthew Bernstein*

DC

DLA Piper

James J. Blanchard*

MI

DLA Piper

Ellen Chesler

NY

University of New York

Timothy A. Chorba

DC

Patton Boggs

Kevin Conlon

IL

Wilhelm & Conlon Public Strategies

Lanny Davis*

MD

Patton Boggs

Geraldine A. Ferraro

NY

Blank Rome

Gordon D. Giffin

GA

Mckenna Long & Aldridge

Matthew A. Gorman

MD

Fabiani & Company

Yashar Hedayat

CA

Goplin Group

Michael Kempner

NJ

MWW Group

Reta Jo Lewis

DC

Vanderbilt Consulting LLC

Patricia L. Lynch

NY

PLA Associates

Garry Mauro

TX

Attorney

John Merrigan*

DC

DLA Piper

Heather Miller Podesta*

VA

Heather Podesta & Partners LLC

Steve Ricchetti

DC

Ricchetti Inc.

Thomas L. Siebert

MD

Greenberg Traurig

Richard Sullivan*

DC

Capitol Counsel LLC

Jose H. Villarreal

TX

Akin Gump

*Bundler for John Kerry in 2004
†Bundler for Howard Dean in 2004

Bundlers for Mitt Romney Who Have Registered as Federal Lobbyists

Lobbyist

State

Employer

Scott Baugh

CA

Scott Baugh & Associates

David Bradford

CA

OWNLI

Gregory B. Butler Sr.

CT

Northeast Utilities

Alberto R. Cardenas

FL

Tew Cardenas Rebak Kellogg et al.

Daniel Dumezich

IN

Mayer Brown

Jack Gerard

VA

American Chemistry Council

Robert T. Grand

IN

Barnes & Thornburg

William G. Harrison Jr.

FL

Harrison Rivard & Bennett

Ronald C. Kaufman

DC

Dutko Group

Kelly Knight

KY

Knight & Wahle P.S.C.

Rick A. Lazio

NY

J.P. Morgan Chase

Craig Pattee

VA

Dutko Worldwide

David A. Rancourt

FL

Southern Strategy Group

Kevin B. Rollins

TX

Dell Inc.

Eric Tanenblatt

GA

Mckenna Long and Aldridge

John Thrasher

FL

Southern Strategy Group

‡Bundler for Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004 and/or 2000

Bundlers for Barack Obama Who Have Registered as Federal Lobbyists

Lobbyist

State

Employer

Frank Clark

IL

Commonwealth Edison

Scott Harris

DC

Harris Wiltshire and Grannis

Allan J. Katz

FL

Akerman Senterfitt

Robert S. Litt

MD

Arnold & Porter

Thomas J. Perrelli

VA

Jenner and Block

Thomas A. Reed

VA

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP

Paul N. Roth

NY

Schulte Roth & Zabel

Miriam Sapiro

DC

Summit Strategies

Alan Solomont*

MA

Solomont Bailis Ventures

Tom E. Wheeler*

DC

Core Capital Partners

*Bundler for John Kerry in 2004






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