D.C.-based rag The Hill recently published a list of the top lobbyists in Washington who are fighting through tough times (of course, to The Hill, the "tough times" are cutting back a few D.C. offices) to represent manufacturing companies in the corridors of power.
(Side note: I read a recent study that indicates that lobbying in D.C. can have a 22,000% rate of return.)
Anyway, here's the list:
Sam Adcock, EADS North America.
Victoria Blatter, Merck.
Abigail Blunt, Kraft Foods. (Editor's note: Leaving in the description here for its particularly egregious conflict of interest.) The Obama administration and Congress have signaled a renewed interest in food safety after a string of scares, so Blunt, wife of Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), should have a busy year.
Rodger Currie, Amgen.
Greg Dahlberg, Lockheed Martin.
Nancy Dorn, General Electric.
Matt Gelman, Microsoft.
Rich Glick, Iberdrola Renewables.
Bob Helm, Northrop Grumman.
Tim Keating, Boeing.
Bill Lane, Caterpillar.
Scott Miller, Procter & Gamble.
Sean O'Hollaren, Honeywell International.
Ziad Ojakli, Ford Motor Co.
Of course, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Bank of America et al were also on the list. How that's possible, given the fact that they're existing now on a diet of government capital and shady accounting tricks, is absolutely beyond me.