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Wiley Rein's Jan Baran Discusses Decline in Spending on Outside Lobbying Firms
Wiley Rein Election Law & Government Ethics Practice co-chair Jan Baran discussed the decline in spending by corporations, unions and other groups on outside lobbying firms in a Roll Call article. Over the past ten years, many organizations have turned to in-house lobbying teams which has resulted in a fall in the market share of outside firms from 60% in 2005 to a little more than 42% last quarter. “With the combination of a reduced legislative Congressional agenda and a change in control of the House, I would expect the first folks to be cut would be outside lobbyists,” Mr. Baran said. “If I need fewer lobbyists [as a company], I am not going to necessarily fire my employees. I am going to terminate the contracts with my outside lobbyists,” he added. “While the recession is a factor in less money being spent on lobbying overall, the bigger reason is that the major lobbying issues—including health care and banking reforms—were dealt with in the previous Congress,” Mr. Baran explained. “I would take a look at how much was on Congress’ plate in 2009 and how much of that was eaten by 2010,” he concluded.