Five Big Surprises From BGOV’s Top Lobbying Firms, 1Q 2015

Analysis by Anthony Costello, Jorge Uquillas and Ken Monahan, Bloomberg Government


“Through the lens of BGOV’s metrics, 10 firms displayed impressive performance in the first quarter. These firms exhibited a combination of growth, accretive growth, solid client servicing and high levels of employee compensation. Listed in alphabetical order, BGOV’s top performers of the first quarter of 2015 are: …Crossroads Strategies LLC.”


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Bankers Look to Senate as Cyber Bills Clear House (Again)

By Victoria Finkle, American Banker


“‘The immense amount of cyber incidents we’ve seen over the last year has shown us that there’s a strong need for legislation,’ said Anne Brady Perron, an executive vice president at Crossroads Strategies.”


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K Street’s Small Shops are Winning Big

By Megan Wilson, The Hill


“Another small-firm winner was Crossroads Strategies, which recorded a 31 percent rise in its annual lobbying revenue compared to 2013, taking in more than $5.6 million in lobbying revenue last year.”


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Running or Not, Harry Reid Ramps Up Fundraising

By John Bresnahan and Anna Palmer, POLITICO


“Reid already has a trio of February events scheduled as well. Crossroads Strategies’ Jake Perry, a former Reid fundraiser, and his Democratic colleague Anne Brady are hosting a Feb. 5 event.”


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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.”




These 6 Boutique Lobbying Firms Are Expected to Have Double Digit Growth This Year

By Tess VandenDolder, In The Capital


“2. Crossroads Strategies – $5.4 Million in Projected 2014 Revenue. Crossroads Strategies is a beneficiary of the increase of Silicon Valley money on K Street. This year the firm enjoyed a $160,000 contract with Google, as well as having contracts worth at least $100,000 with some other big names including the National Rifle Association, AT&T, DirecTV and the leading tobacco company Altria.”


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Republicans Ready to Party on Election Night

By Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman, POLITICO


“Republicans are getting ready to party on Election Night. The Republican Governors Association, the National Republican Congressional Committee and Republican National Committee are all listed on invites for celebrations in anticipation of big gains on Nov. 4.”


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K Street Gets Sneak Peek of House Agenda

By Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman, POLITICO


“There were more than 50 lobbyists in the McCarthy briefing in the Capitol, including Elena Tompkins of Tompkins Strategies, Pat Raffaniello of Raffaniello & Associates, Missy Edwards of Missy Edwards Strategies, Con Lass of Ogilvy Government Relations, Manny Rossman of Squire Patton Boggs, Brian Vanderbloemen of McGuireWoods Consulting, Steve Tilton of Crossroads Strategies, David French of the National Retail Federation and Malloy McDaniel of Blank Rome Government Relations.”


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Politico Influence

By Byron Tau, POLITICO


“DOWNTOWNERS BARK FOR BLUE DOGS: The Blue Dog PAC held a retreat this weekend at the Hyatt Chesapeake in Cambridge, Maryland. The event included all the Blue Dog caucus members, as well as all the endorsed Blue Dog candidates and former members Allen Boyd and Dan Boren. K Streeters attending the retreat included Isaac Reyes of Target, David Burns of Prudential, Anne Brady of Crossroads Strategies, Emily Coyle of Ernst and Young, Stacey Bernards of Honeywell international, David Gilbert of Exelon Corporation and Linda Auglis of the National Beer Wholesalers Association.”