Mitt Romney's Lobbyist Fundraiser

Next week, on June 26th, Gov. Mitt Romney will be holding a “Lawyers for Romney” lunch in Washington, D.C. with a host committee that is a who’s who of DC insiders.

The fundraiser is being held at one of Washington’s top lobby shops, Patton Boggs, a firm that brought in $9.3 million in lobbying fees in the first quarter of 2011 and received received nearly $40 million in lobbying fees in 2010, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP).

Hosts listed as current registered lobbyists include:

  • Former Senator-turned-lobbyist Trent Lott who, so far in 2011, is listed as representing AT&T, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Shell Oil, and General Electric.
  • Andrew Siff, of Siff & Associates, who lists energy giant Koch Industries as a client in the first quarter of 2011. According to his bio, Siff previously served as the “Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration for current Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).”
  • JC Boggs, a lobbyist for Blank Rome, who represented clients including factory farm giant Cargill and Prudential Financial in the first quarter of 2011.

Patton Boggs represents a number of clients—energy companies, insurance interests, Wall Street firms, pharmaceutical companies, trade associations, and others. Major clients (and fees) in the first quarter of the year included:

  • ATP Oil & Gas Company ($120,000 in fees), an offshore drilling oil company.
  • Financial industry clients include the Wholesale Markets Brokers Association ($230,000), the Australian Bankers Association ($120,000) London Stock Exchange ($40,000), and private equity firm MKW Capital Management ($40,000)
  • CHEP USA ($240,000), the U.S. subsidiary of an Australian manufacturing company
  • Defense contractors like EADS North America ($90,000) and Northrop Grumman ($60,000)
  • Pharmaceutical companies like Bristol-Myers Squibb ($100,000) and Roche Holdings-owned Genentech ($90,000).

According to Sunlight Foundation's PoliticalPartyTime, "The host committee also includes Gus Coldebella, former general counsel at the Department of Homeland Security...Elliot Berke, counsel to former House Majority Leader Tom Delay, R-Texas, is also featured on the invitation."

CRP reported on Monday that while Romney was the biggest fundraiser of the GOP 2012 candidates, he also had the lowest percentage of small dollar donors. With events like this, that trend will likely continue.