The earnings of the Top 75 contract lobbyists during the period are printed in the new Second Circle, the commonwealth’s only pictorial directory of lobbyists.
Two lobbyists made the $1 Million Club — employers during the two-year cycle paid Bob Babbage $1.3 million and J. Ronald Pryor $1.0 million.
John Cooper was a close third with $924,870. Gene McLean trailed in fourth place with earnings of $902,969. And John Y. Brown III rounded out the top five at $821,094.
In terms of lobbying firms, MMLK Government Solutions, headed by W. Terry McBrayer, led all contract lobbying firms with $2.4 million. Capitol Solutions, the firm of J. Ronald Pryor and Kelley Abell, was second with earnings of $1.6 million.
The new Second Circle provides a listing of all contract lobbying firms and their clients — both legislative and executive branch. Lobbyists bending the governor's ear and influencing others in the executive branch are not required to report their earnings.
Below is a listing of the Top 15 lobbyists’ earnings in the legislative branch during the two-year cycle of 2011-2012. See the Second Circle for a listing of the Top 75.