Mark Lampkin, Managing Partner, Washington, D.C. Office of Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Schreck
Michael Petruzzello, Founder and Managing Partner, Qorvis MSLGroup
In his campaign, Trump frequently vowed to make life more difficult for Washington’s lobbyists through tighter regulations, but the reverse is happening. “In reality, instead of presaging a crackdown on lobbyists, Trump’s election spelled opportunity for them,” said a report by Public Citizen, a consumer protection organization. Two high-end lobbying firms illustrate this point. Brownstein Hyatt Farber, an Arizona firm with a strong D.C. presence headed by Mark Lampkin, is within the top five in income ($28.7 million in 2017) and has been engaged in leading issues before Congress on behalf of its health, tax, and gaming clients. Michael Petruzzello’s Qorvis MSLGroup (now part of the French multinational giant Publicis Group) has a broad list of clients, but according to Advertising Age is best known for representing foreign governments such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, China, Equatorial Guinea, Mexico and Fiji. Plus, according to public records compiled by the investigative nonprofit ProPublica, at least 187 former lobbyists have settled comfortably into jobs in the Trump Administration.