WASHINGTON DC: The lobbying agency which employs former Republican
presidential candidate Bob Dole and Democrat ex-senator George Mitchell,
Verner Liipfert Bernhard McPherson and Hand, tops a new league table of
the 10 most influential independent US lobbying firms published by
This is Fortune’s first survey of Washington DC lobbying agencies. It
was conducted alongside the magazine’s second annual league table of the
25 most influential pressure groups, which ranked the American
Association of Retired People as the most power lobbying organisation
for the second year running.
Two polling firms asked 2,700 Congress members, their staff, White House
aides and lobbyists to assess the political clout of 50 independent
lobbying firms. Fortune’s second and third-ranked lobbying firms after
Verner Liipfert were Barbour Griffith and Rogers and Akin Gump Strauss
Hauer and Feld.
The former employs former Republican party chairman Haley Barbour, while
the latter counts Bill Clinton’s former adviser Vernon Jordan on its
Verner Liipfert, Barbour Griffith and Akin Gump were ranked first,
eighth and fourth in a survey of lobbying firms according to fee income
published two weeks ago by US magazine Lobbying and Law. Their
respective fee incomes for the first half of 1998 were pounds 8 million,
pounds 2.3 million and pounds 3.8 million, according to this survey.
The biggest mover in Fortune’s second annual pressure group league table
was cooperative bank trade association, the Credit Union National
Association, which shot up from 70th place last year to eighth this