Behind the Senate Majority, Former GOP Staffers Find New Influence

“Senate Banking, which sets the rules for Wall Street and shapes housing policy, will get enormous attention under its new leadership. Sen. Richard C. Shelby, the Alabama Republican who previously chaired the committee, is expected to reclaim the gavel — giving a long roster of his former aides and close associates an in.


Lendell Porterfield, a banking and securities lobbyist at Porterfield Lowenthal Fettig & Sears, who worked on the committee under Shelby, represents a lineup of clients who will have business before the panel. G. Stewart Hall, chairman of the lobby shop Crossroads Strategies, got his start on the Hill as Shelby’s legislative director. Doug Nappi, a lobbyist and legal adviser, is another former Shelby aide who is now downtown, while Shelby alum Mark Calabria is director of financial regulation studies at the Cato Institute.


Likely Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss., has praised former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who runs his BGR Group lobby shop, for helping him pull out a victory in a primary that nearly cost Cochran his seat in the Senate.


Though Barbour is considered something of a counsel to most of the Senate’s GOP leaders, he is especially close with Cochran.


Hunter Moorhead, a lobbyist with Crossroads Strategies, was an appropriations policy adviser to Cochran. Another former Cochran aide, Martha Scott Poindexter, serves as vice president of government and industry affairs with Bunge North America.”