Lobbying Industry Health

The Post profiles the state of the lobbying industry today. 

Lobbying revenue for many of the city’s most powerful advocacy firms, including bellwethers such as Patton Boggs and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, plunged 10 percent or more in the first half of the year.

“If you can’t make payroll, and you can’t get bridge loans like you used to, you have to make a choice: Do you want to pay people to represent you in Washington or delay laying people off?” said Nicholas W. Allard, co-chairman of public policy and administrative law at Patton Boggs. “In tough economic times, it tends to depress the traditional lobbying services.”

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