Thursday’s List: Ranking the Lobbyists

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For 90 days each year, Maryland’s lobbyists go head-to-head in Annapolis, battling in the General Assembly and executive branch on behalf of their clients.

While it’s virtually impossible to objectively measure the lobbyists by their wins and losses, the Maryland State Ethics Commission offers one clear-cut ranking – compensation totals.

Six lobbying firms earned at least $1 million, according to the commission, for the annual period from Nov. 1, 2008, through Oct. 31, 2009.

1 Rifkin, Livingston, Levitan & Silver, LLC $4,148,321.00
2 Alexander & Cleaver, P.A. $3,309,011.77
3 Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, LLC. $2,099,936.30
4 Manis Canning & Associates $1,362,350.00
5 Venable, LLP $1,270,566.00
6 G.S. Proctor & Associates, Inc. $1,143,164.00

More than 100 lobbyists reported compensation of at least $75,000 for lobbying activities during that same period.

1 $1,287,174.00 Rozner, Joel D
2 $1,146,963.73 Alexander, Gary R.
3 $1,126,002.00 Johansen, Michael V
4 $1,105,719.00 Proctor, Jr., Gregory S.
5 $982,762.00 Stierhoff, John R.
6 $944,414.00 Enten, D. Robert
7 $842,194.00 Perry, Timothy A
8 $825,900.00 Manis, Nicholas G
9 $797,500.00 Evans, Gerard E
10 $759,776.83 Shaivitz, Robin F
11 $697,000.00 Harris Jones, Lisa
12 $631,355.80 Popham, Bryson F
13 $609,650.00 Pitcher, J. William
14 $604,670.00 Rasmussen, Dennis F
15 $507,400.00 Bereano, Bruce C
16 $460,640.00 Rifkin, Alan M.
17 $454,400.00 Kress, William Allen
18 $425,491.00 Levitan, Laurence
19 $409,010.00 Boston, III, Frank D
20 $405,536.73 Tiburzi, Paul A
21 $395,591.67 Miedusiewski, American Joe
22 $392,535.00 Hoffman, Barbara A.
23 $372,600.96 Lucchi, Leonard L.
24 $360,000.00 Aery, Shaila R
25 $357,617.17 Kasemeyer, Pamela M
26 $356,123.70 Taylor, Jr., Casper R.
27 $343,000.00 Lanier, Ivan V
28 $333,389.53 Doherty, Jr., Daniel T
29 $314,866.00 Bryant, Eric L
30 $289,323.29 Wise, J. Steven
31 $287,804.00 Harting, Marta D
32 $283,500.00 White, Josh
33 $277,046.38 Battle, J. Kenneth
34 $271,893.24 Schwartz, III, Joseph A.
35 $271,032.06 Powers, Hannah J.
36 $267,970.50 Brocato, Barbara M
37 $256,583.34 Bagwell, Ashlie
38 $255,912.83 Johnson, Robert G.
39 $254,012.50 Carroll, Jr., David H.
40 $254,012.50 Sidh, Sushant
41 $241,898.00 Roddy, Patrick H.
42 $238,500.00 Burner, Gene L.
43 $234,604.00 McCoy, Dennis C
44 $234,000.00 Mitchell, Van T
45 $233,026.30 Powell, Michael C
46 $230,000.00 DiPietro, Christopher V.
47 $228,658.00 Andryszak, John A.
48 $223,493.54 Collins, Carville B
49 $221,835.69 Bellamy, Lorenzo M.
50 $217,500.00 Genn, Gil
51 $210,190.00 Valentino-Benitez, Ellen
52 $208,228.34 Jones, Gary R
53 $201,950.00 Canning, Michael F
54 $193,400.00 Loughran, Kathleen G
55 $191,493.65 Wilkins, Barbara J.
56 $188,480.00 Gally, Eric
57 $182,572.00 Waranch, Nan A
58 $182,000.00 Hill, Denise O.
59 $181,000.00 Burns, Kimberly M
60 $170,000.00 Looney, Sean M
61 $166,000.00 Cooper, Linda
62 $164,250.00 Carter, W. Minor
63 $160,500.00 Miles, William R
64 $160,285.42 Rivkin, Deborah R
65 $155,500.00 Opara, Clay C
66 $150,000.00 Almalel, Suzanne C.
67 $138,000.00 Gisriel, Michael U
68 $133,568.04 Murphy, Kathleen M.
69 $121,760.00 Goldstein, Franklin
70 $121,450.00 Elliott, Robyn S
71 $121,000.00 Jacobs, David
72 $120,814.00 Montgomery III, Richard A.
73 $120,000.00 Riddick, Major F.
74 $116,025.00 Schrader, Sandra
75 $113,300.00 Puente, Kenneth Mark
76 $111,879.60 Wood, Paul G.
77 $105,492.00 Maloney, Kathleen M.
78 $101,265.00 Waites, Gerard M.
79 $100,768.00 Lininger, Brett Stewart
80 $100,512.50 Worcester, Julia P
81 $100,500.00 Manis, George N
82 $100,451.00 Davis III, James B.
83 $100,350.00 Robinson, Kimberly Y
84 $97,648.00 Lewis, Thomas
85 $96,441.00 Ciekot, Ann T.
86 $95,901.13 Hoover, Lesa N
87 $91,484.00 Quinn, Brian M
88 $91,200.00 Muir, Charles S
89 $90,000.00 Rohling, Martin Guy
90 $89,800.00 Rasmussen, Jennifer D
91 $89,243.15 Neil, John B.
92 $88,807.00 Esty, Susan
93 $88,521.00 Casey, William F.
94 $88,335.00 Valderrama, David M
95 $87,500.00 Marks, Isaac H
96 $87,000.00 Woolums, John R
97 $85,284.00 Cobbs, Drew P.
98 $84,650.00 O’Keeffe, Kevin
99 $83,375.00 Saquella, Thomas S.
100 $82,614.96 Zellmer, Jeffrie
101 $82,300.00 Malone, Sean R
102 $80,197.33 Douglas, Michele
103 $80,000.00 Frye, Neely T.
104 $78,722.66 Castelli, William A.
105 $78,000.00 Dunphy, David D.
106 $75,000.00 Jepson, Robert

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