Jeff Ric Chetti
Corporate clients such as Amazon have reportedly been flocking to this veteran lobbyist of late. One possible reason: His brother is top Biden adviser Steve Ricchetti.
Though his lobbying shop, Forbes Tate Partners, is already a top-ten firm—$19 million of revenue in 2020—Forbes’s close ties to Senate Democrats should make his next four years even more lucrative.
Last year, this veteran powerbroker helped drive nearly $15 million of revenue to his firm, Subject Matter. As Democrats look to move their agenda through Congress, his links to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be all the more in demand.
After serving as Donald Trump’s Florida lobbyist years ago, Ballard expanded into Washington in 2017 and quickly emerged as one of the era’s signature influencers. These days, his relationship to Trump no longer has much value in DC.
A client, Abbott Labs, dumped the Trump ally as its lobbyist in June over his criticism of Black Lives Matter. He’s also moving this year’s CPAC gathering to Florida, diminishing his local presence.
Though he never registered as a lobbyist, former Trump campaign manager Lewandowski became a paid insider who helped T-Mobile secure approval for its $26.5-billion acquisition of Sprint. But such companies don’t need him anymore.