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WPP - the foreign powerhouse on K Street

By Laurie Bennett

September 20, 2013 at 9:48am

One of the biggest influencers in Washington is a foreign company unknown to many Americans.

WPP Group, based in the UK and Ireland, describes itself as the “world’s largest communications services group.”

Communications encompasses advertising, branding, marketing, PR and big data. In the U.S. capital, it means lobbying and spin.

WPP owns half a dozen lobby shops in Washington. Only one - Ogilvy Government Relations - ranks in the top 20 money makers.

However, with combined lobby revenues of $44.9 million last year, WPP-owned firms would rank second if considered as a single firm. (Only Patton Boggs, with 2012 lobby income of $45.8, makes more.)

The WPP client list includes many big players, including Wal-Mart, AT&T, Verizon, JPMorgan Chase and Apple.

(You can see the clients of any lobby firm - the darker boxes in the map - by doubleclicking on them. They’re also listed below.)

WPP lobby clients


AARP   Knights of Columbus
Aflac   LightSquared
Air Products and Chemicals   Lockheed Martin Corporation
Airbus Americas   Major League Baseball Players Assn
Ameren Corporation   Marriott International
American Airlines   MedImmune
American Bankers Assn   National Assn of Broadcasters
American Chemistry Council   National Automobile Dealers Assn
American Medical Response   National Football League
American Petroleum Institute   National Restaurant Assn
Amgen   National Retail Federation
Apple   National Rifle Assn of America
Archer-Daniels-Midland   National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Asea Brown Boveri   NEC Corporation
AT&T   News
Bloomberg LP   Nielsen Company
BNSF Railway Co.   Nigeria
Canadian National Railway Company   Nuclear Energy Institute
Chrysler Group   Onyx Pharmaceuticals
Churchill Downs Incorporated   Pfizer
Cintas   Planned Parenthood Federation
Cisco Systems   Poker Players Alliance
CME Group   Progress Energy
Coca-Cola Company   Property Casualty Insurers Assn of America
Comcast Corporation   ProtectingAmerica.org
Compete Coalition   Qualcomm
Cummins   Recording Industry Assn of America
Dendreon Corporation   Rosetta Stone
Duke Energy Corporation   Securities Industry & Financial Markets Assn
Dunkin’ Brands   Sempra Energy
E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company   Sony Corporation
Education Management Corporation   Sony Corporation of America
Enbridge Energy Company   Standard Chartered PLC
Enbridge Energy Partners, LP   Standard Parking Corporation
Ernst & Young   State Farm Insurance Companies
Exelon Business Services Company   State of Alaska
Exelon Corporation   Taiwan
Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas   TechNet
FedEx Corporation   T-Mobile USA
FLH Company   Toys R Us
General Dynamics Corporation   U.S. Chamber of Commerce
GenOn Energy   U.S. Travel Assn
Girardi & Keese   United Technologies Corporation
GlaxoSmithKline plc   UnitedHealth Group
Google   University of Miami
Grocery Manufacturers Assn   Univision Communications
GTECH   Van Wagner Communications
Harris Corporation   Vectren Corporation
H-E-B   Verizon Communications
Hill+Knowlton Strategies   Verizon Services
Hilton Worldwide   Viacom
Hong Kong   Virgin America Airlines
IBM   Wal-Mart Stores
IMS Health   Walt Disney Company
Incapital   Warner Music Group
JPMorgan Chase   Weight Watchers International
Kaye Scholer   Zurich Insurance Group Ltd.
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