By Len Lazarick

Len@MarylandReporter.com

The 14 state lobbying firms that billed over $1 million in the past year grossed over $30 million representing literally hundreds of clients.

Not surprisingly, the 10 highest-paid lobbyists which we listed last month as each billing more than $1 million are also members of the top-grossing firms.

The highest-grossing firms, whose billings include all the expenses to run an Annapolis office, in order are:

  1. Perry, White, Ross & Jacobson…….$4,534,051
  2. Rifkin Weiner Livingston, LLC…… $3,678,804
  3. Alexander & Cleaver, P.A. …………..$3,126,479
  4. Manis Canning & Associates ……….$2,828,976
  5. Harris Jones & Malone, LLC ……….$2,130,823
  6. Gerard E. Evans, Ltd. …………………$2,089,899
  7. Venable, LLP …………………………….$2,032,909
  8. Capitol Strategies, LLC ……………….$1,822,016
  9. Schwartz, Metz & Wise, P.A. ………..$1,803,027
  10. Bruce Bereano ………………………….$1,675,303
  11. S. Proctor & Associates, Inc. ………. $1,313,041
  12. Cornerstone Government Affairs .. $1,067,153
  13. Gordon Feinblatt LLC ………………..$1,022,775
  14. DLA Piper LLP (US) …………………..$1,000,194

The State Ethics Commission assembles this data annually based on reports filed by the lobbyists and their firms. Here is a link to all the commission’s breakdowns.

Here is the commission’s list of all the registered lobbyists and their clients. Here is a list of organizations who hired lobbyists and the names of those hired.

The commission lists do not include earnings for scores of six-figure lobbyists who work directly for state and local governments and many nonprofit organizations. They do not have to register or file earnings reports.