Fortune survey names top ten US lobbying agencies

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 Fortune magazine.

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

Fortune magazine.



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

payroll.



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

year.



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