Akin Gump tops list for first-quarter revenue

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Here are your Lobbying Disclosure Act revenue rankings for the first quarter of 2018:

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TOP FIRMS:

  1. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: $10 million (versus $10 million in Q4 2017 and $9.5 million in Q1 2017)
  2. Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck: $7.2 million (versus $8.3 million in Q4 2017 and $6.7 million in Q1 2017)
  3. BGR Group: $6.9 million (versus $6.9 million in Q4 2017 and $5 million in Q1 2017)
  4. Squire Patton Boggs: $6.3 million (versus $6 million in Q4 2017 and $5.8 million in Q1 2017)
  5. Holland & Knight: $6.1 million (versus $6.3 million in Q4 2017 and $5.1 million in Q1 2017)
  6. Cornerstone Government Affairs: $6 million (versus $5.1 million in Q4 2017 and $4.5 million in Q1 2017)
  7. Covington & Burling: $4.5 million (versus $4.5 million in Q4 2017 and $4.2 million in Q1 2017)
  8. Williams & Jensen: $4.5 million (versus $4.2 million in Q4 2017 and $3.9 million in Q1 2017)
  9. Capitol Counsel: $4.4 million (versus $4.7 million in Q4 2017 and $4.2 million in Q1 2017)
  10. K&L Gates: $4.4 million (versus $4.4 million in Q4 2017 and $4.3 million in Q1 2017)
  11. Van Scoyoc Associates: $4 million (versus $5 million in Q4 2017 and $4 million in Q1 2017)
  12. Ballard Partners: $4 million (versus $3.6 million in Q4 2017 and $1.3 million in Q1 2017)
  13. Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas: $4 million (versus $3.9 million in Q4 2017 and $3.6 million in Q1 2017)
  14. Capitol Tax Partners: $4 million (versus $3.9 million in Q4 2017 and $3.3 million* in Q1 2017)
  15. Cassidy & Associates: $3.6 million (versus $3.8 million in Q4 2017 and $3.4 million in Q1 2017)
  16. Peck Madigan Jones: $3.5 million* (versus $3.7* million in Q4 2017 and $3.3 million in Q1 2017)
  17. Fierce Government Relations: $3.5 million (versus $3.5 million in Q4 2017 and $3.2 million in Q1 2017)
  18. American Continental Group: $3.2 million (versus $3.2 million* in Q4 2017 and $2.4 million* in Q1 2017)
  19. Forbes Tate Partners: $3.1 million (versus $2.7 million in Q4 2017 and $2.9 million in Q1 2017)
  20. Ernst & Young: $3 million* (versus $4.5 million* in Q4 2017 and $3.4 million* in Q1 2017)

*Estimated based on Senate disclosure filings. All other figures have been verified with the firms.
TOP SPENDERS:

  1. U.S. Chamber of Commerce: $15.4 million (versus $16.8 million in Q4 2017 and $17.2 million in Q1 2017)
  2. National Association of Realtors: $13 million (versus $22.2 million in Q4 2017 and $10.1 million in Q1 2017)
  3. Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America: $10 million (versus $5.9 million in Q4 2017 and $8 million in Q1 2017)
  4. U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform: $7.5 million (versus $7 million in Q4 2017 and $7.4 million in Q1 2017)
  5. American Medical Association: $6.6 million (versus $4 million in Q4 2017 and $6.8 million in Q1 2017)
  6. Business Roundtable: $5.6 million (versus $17.4 million in Q4 2017 and $2.3 million in Q1 2017)
  7. Google: $5 million (versus $4.4 million in Q4 2017 and $3.5 million in Q1 2017)
  8. American Hospital Association: $5 million (versus $4.6 million in Q4 2017 and $4.6 million in Q1 2017)
  9. Pfizer: $4.7 million (versus $1.9 million in Q4 2017 and $3.8 million in Q1 2017)
  10. Northrop Grumman: $4.4 million (versus $2.7 million in Q4 2017 and $4.3 million in Q1 2017)
  11. Comcast: $4.2 million (versus $4.3 million in Q4 2017 and $3.7 million in Q1 2017)
  12. AT&T: $4.1 million (versus $3.6 million in Q4 2017 and $4.6 million in Q1 2017)
  13. United Technologies: $4 million (versus $2.2 million in Q4 2017 and $3.1 million in Q1 2017)
  14. National Association of Broadcasters: $3.9 million (versus $4.1 million in Q4 2017 and $4.1 million in Q1 2017)
  15. Southern Company: $3.8 million (versus $3.1 million in Q4 2017 and $3.5 million in Q1 2017)
  16. Boeing: $3.7 million (versus $4.2 million in Q4 2017 and $4 million in Q1 2017)
  17. UPS: $3.7 million (versus $1.3 million in Q4 2017 and $3 million in Q1 2017)
  18. Bayer: $3.5 million (tie) (versus $2.1 million in Q4 2017 and $2.5 million in Q1 2017)
  19. Dow Chemical Company: $3.5 million (tie) (versus $2.1 million in Q4 2017 and $5.2 million in Q1 2017)
  20. Lockheed Martin: $3.5 million (tie) (versus $3.7 million in Q4 2017 and $3.5 million in Q1 2017)

BIGGEST CONTRACTS:

  1. Covington & Burling: Qualcomm ($1.1 million)
  2. Cornerstone Government Affairs: Lankford & Reed ($750,000)
  3. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Gila River Indian Community ($670,000)
  4. McGuiness, Yager & Bartl: HR Policy Association ($650,000)
  5. Federal Policy Group: Edward Jones ($500,000)
  6. Roberti Global: Nord Stream 2 AG ($430,000)
  7. Venn Strategies: Employee-Owned S Corporations of America ($420,000)
  8. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Cargill ($360,000)
  9. Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck: Athene Holding ($330,000) (tie)
  10. Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo: NCTA — The Internet & Television Association ($330,000) (tie)
    Washington Tax & Public Policy Group: Tax Reform Coalition ($330,000) (tie)

OTHER NOTABLE FIRMS:

CGCN Group: $2.1 million (versus $2.2 million in Q4 2017 and $1.9 million in Q1 2017)
Crossroads Strategies: $2.9 million (versus $3.1 million in Q4 2017 and $2.7 million in Q1 2017)
HLP&R: $1.1 million (versus $1.2 million in Q4 2017 and $940,000 in Q1 2017)
Monument Policy Group: $1.9 million (versus $1.7 million in Q4 2017 and $1.7 million in Q1 2017)
Venable: $2.5 million (versus $2.5 million in Q4 2017 and $2.2 million in Q1 2017)

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WHAT THE NUMBERS MEAN: Washington’s leading lobbying firms saw another strong quarter as President Donald Trump entered his second year in office. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, the top lobbying firm by revenue, brought in more than $10 million for the second quarter in a row. Ben Harris, a spokesman for the firm, said it was the first time the firm had done back-to-back $10 million in at least a decade. The No. 2, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, was down a little after a blockbuster fourth quarter, with $7.2 million in revenue compared with $8.3 million in the fourth quarter.

— Other firms mostly held steady. Ballard Partners rose to the No. 12 firm by revenue, with more than $4 million in revenue, barely edging out Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas. And Forbes Tate Partners saw its first $3 million quarter, making it the No. 19 firm by revenue.

— Tax reform, which drove business for many firms in the fourth quarter, is over, but lobbyists said there’s still plenty of work to be done shaping new rules created by the bill and pressing Congress to take up a technical corrections bill. “Tax reform implementation, trade battles and healthcare continue to drive the market,” Hunter Bates, a partner at Akin Gump, said in a statement. While Democrats and Republicans seem far away from any agreement on a technical bill right now, “it’s malpractice not to engage and try and be part of the conversation,” Elizabeth Gore, the chairwoman of the Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck’s government relations department, told PI.

Darrell Conner, a lobbyist at K&L Gates, told PI he expected another strong quarter in the second quarter before the “summer doldrums” in the third quarter, as lawmakers head back to their districts for the home stretch of their reelection campaigns. “The fourth quarter, I think, is almost completely dependent on what happens in the election,” Conner said.

TODAY IN NOTABLE REGISTRATIONS:

— On the tech front, Broadcom hired ACG Analytics to lobby on semiconductor policy issues. Verizon hired Kelsay Strategies to lobby on net neutrality, spectrum, data privacy and other issues. Monument Policy Group signed Payfone and will lobby on “issues related to identity management.” It also signed Netflix, for which it will lobby on “issues related to telecommunications, net neutrality, copyright, and consumer protection,” according to disclosures provided to PI.

— On the financial services front, Cypress Advocacy will lobby on Dodd-Frank Act implementation for USAA, and Barclays Bank hired Skadden Arps to lobby on tax reform.

—In other disclosure news, former Rep. Charles Boustany, Jr. (R-La.)., now a partner at Capitol Counsel, signed Edwards Lifesciences to lobby on “issues pertaining to the National Coverage decision for aortic valvular disease.” The Energy Advance Center hired Hunton Andrews Kurth to lobby on “carbon capture utilization and storage policy.” Ballard Partners will lobby for Citizens for a Safe and Secure America, a 501(c)4 to “promote and encourage democratic change in Syria,” according to the disclosure filing.

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