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Lott and Breaux pull in millions by lobbying Congress

By Laurie Bennett

November 30, 2009 at 12:58pm

As former Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott well understands, politics is all about timing.

In 2007, Lott abruptly announced that he was resigning from the Senate. By leaving before 2008, he was able to avoid new rules that would have required him to wait two years before lobbying members of Congress. Instead, he had to delay his lobbying activities by only a year.

He then partnered with former Democratic Sen. John Breaux to form Breaux-Lott Leadership Group.

Trent Lott
Trent Lott

Lott has been free to lobby for about a year now, and has made full use of the time. The lobby shop has attracted some of the country’s largest corporations and trade groups and its fees have exceeded $8 million this year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Among the firm’s major clients is is PhRMA - the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a prime opponent of health care reform. Breaux, who left the Senate in 2005, recently appeared on Fox, warning Democrats against moving too quickly on reform. (Fox described him not as a lobbyist, but as a “prominent Democratic centrist and former Louisiana senator.”)

Oil and defense are also major customers of Breaux-Lott.

Prime clients, according to lobbying reports filed with the Senate, include:

    Chevron USA, Inc.
    FedEx Corporation
    General Electric Company
    National Association of Broadcasters
    Nissan North America, Inc.
    Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Raytheon Company
    Shell Oil Company
    Financial Services Roundtable
    Tyson Foods Inc.
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