The financial reform debate has been big business for lobbying firms in Washington, The Center for Public Integrity reports. The Center recently identified 10 firms that collectively represent over 130 big clients. Furthermore, the Center found each firm employs representatives with “close ties to Capitol Hill.”
While lobbying firms are not required to itemize their spending by issue, the Center studied disclosure forms to find bill numbers of financial reform legislation and other key words. It found that these 10 firms collected over $30 million in fees on reform and other issues.
To compile the list, the Center ranked companies based on how many clients they represented in the financial reform debate. The list is based on disclosure forms from 2009 and the first quarter of 2010.