K Street

Big business, tech, health care lead K Street spending in 2019
Spending was highest in fourth quarter as Congress passed budget bills and updated NAFTA

Lobbyists say they’re looking at a post-impeachment crunch on major legislative priorities this year before the elections consume lawmakers’ attentions. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Big business, big tech and medical interests were K Street’s top players last year as those industries spent millions of dollars on federal lobbying in the final months of 2019, while lawmakers and the administration wrapped up spending and trade measures.

With the 2020 elections expected to consume lawmakers’ attention this summer and fall, lobbyists say they’re looking at a post-impeachment crunch on major 2020 priorities. Some clients already are gaming out a possible lame-duck session as well as a potentially revamped federal government in 2021.

K Street firms post big earnings gains for 2019
Trade, health care and immigration issues paced lobbying spending last year

Lobbying firms are working with clients about their agendas for 2021, which will be hugely dependent upon who wins the White House this November. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

K Street’s top-tier firms posted sizable gains last year, fueled by technology, pharmaceutical and big-business interests concerned with such policy matters as trade, health care, taxation and government spending.

And lobbyists say impeachment proceedings and the 2020 campaigns haven’t yet derailed the influence industry’s agenda this year.

Retiring lawmakers will face tough market on K Street
‘K Street is not hungering for former members,’ senator-turned-lobbyist Norm Coleman says

In most cases, it’s congressional staff members who K Street really clamors for. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

K Street recruiters are poring over the list of 21, and counting, lawmakers planning to exit Congress, but the lobbying sector may offer a shrinking supply of big-money gigs heading into the 2020 elections. 

As more House members and senators consider making their escape from Capitol Hill, the realities of the K Street economy and the well-worn revolving door will be among their considerations, say insiders at lobbying firms and downtown headhunters.

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Boehner Joins Influential K Street Firm
Ex-speaker to rake in big bucks as global adviser

Former House Speaker John A. Boehner is leveraging his government experience in the influence industry. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former House Speaker John A. Boehner is cashing in on K Street almost one year after resigning from Capitol Hill.

The Ohio Republican will join Squire Patton Boggs, a global law firm that traces its roots to one of Washington's oldest and most prominent lobbying practices. The shop is also the professional home of several former Boehner congressional aides and to former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi and Democratic ex-Sen. John Breaux of Louisiana.

New Group for Lobbyists Moves to Fill Void
Free memberships offered to exiles of shuttered K Street association

A new lobbyist group is ramping up its operations during a heated campaign season. (Roll Call Photos)

A new trade group for lobbyists is positioning itself to fill the void left by the Association of Government Relations Professionals, which shut down last week .  

The National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics has begun offering free memberships to exiles of the defunct association who aren’t likely to get their 2016 dues refunded. The response from K Street has been strong, according to lobbying institute founder Paul Miller.  

Aviation, Drug Pricing Keep Lobbyists Busy in Election Year
Firms still bracing for dropoff as recesses loom

A February House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on drug price increases helped elevate the issue's prominence. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A narrow set of policy issues -- aviation programs, the Zika virus and drug prices -- are keeping the lobbying business afloat, even as some big players scale back amid the typical election-year falloff.  

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce boosted its spending in the first quarter of this year, according to disclosures filed with Congress this week. But other prominent players, such as the Business Roundtable, Squire Patton Boggs and Comcast Corp., are seeing business slow.  

Lobbyist Trade Group Closes Amid Legal Fight
But a new lobbyist organization is set to launch operations next month

Former Missorui Rep. Kenny Hulshof will advise a new lobbyist group. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The trade group representing K Street lobbyists in Washington, D.C., is shutting down.  

The Association of Government Relations Professionals, formerly called the American League of Lobbyists, began winding down operations Monday, according to a notice posted on its website.  

Boehner Team in Place to Show Him the Money

Boehner during his final days in office. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner Inc. begins.  

It took former Speaker John A. Boehner less than a week after leaving Congress to start assembling a team of power players to help him cash in.