- Number of Clients: 60
- Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $8,180,000
- Average Amount Each Client Paid Firm: $136,333
- Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 8
- Notable Clients: Corrections Corporation of America; Koch Companies; Yahoo!
A former counsel to Senate GOP leader Bill Frist of Tennessee and cofounder of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc., Vogel is on the speaking circuit and a frequent contributor on major news programs. He is deeply involved in GOP political strategy, and his analysis is often sought on current political races, as well as by clients seeking the expertise he gained in Congress on such issues as tort reform, homeland security, telecommunications, and asbestos reform. In the first three quarters of 2011, Vogel worked with 60 clients who paid a total of nearly $8.2 million. The top-paying client was Technology CEO Council, for which Vogel lobbied on Research &Development funding and tax credits, technology issues, tax policy, and trade agreements with Korea, Colombia, and Panama. Walmart Stores, ranked first among Fortune 100 companies, has sought Vogel’s assistance on policies and measures related to energy efficiency, green jobs, and education. Other Fortune 100 clients include Hewlett-Packard, Humana, Merck & Co., Proctor & Gamble, United Technologies, Chrysler Group, and Sprint Nextel Corp.
Vogel is a longtime friend with the firm’s cofounder, Bruce Mehlman; the pair met as attorneys in D.C. before Mehlman worked for the House Republican Conference under former GOP representative J.C. Watts of Oklahoma and then as an assistant secretary of Commerce under President George W. Bush. David Catagnetti, a long-time Democratic political strategist who helped advise John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign and had served as chief of staff to Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., joined the firm later. The firm also employs Colette Desmarais, a former Republican health policy adviser for the Senate Committee on Finance, who brought in nearly $8.3 million in the first three quarters of 2011.
Other Top Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Lobbyists
- Dean Rosen
- Cynthia Brown
- David R Thomas
- Jonathan Hoganson
- Stacey Rampy
- Allen L Thompson III
- Kelly Bingle
- Brian Wild