- Number of Clients: 60
- Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $8,490,000
- Average Amount Each Client Paid Firm: $141,500
- Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 15
- Notable Clients: Apple; American Wind Energy Association; Citadel Investment Group, LLC
Cofounder of Capitol Tax Partners, Hooper is among the heavyweight tax lobbyists in Washington, representing several major Fortune 100 banking and investment firms and large energy companies. His experience in tax policy goes back to his days as legislative director and tax counsel to former GOP senator Malcolm Wallop of Wyoming, who was a member of the Finance Committee. He followed that position with a stint as principal of Hooper Owen & Winburn, then formed Capitol Tax Partners about a decade ago with Jon Talisman, who had served as assistant secretary for tax policy for the Treasury Department under President Clinton. Tax Analysts noted in 2003 that Hooper had received “high praise from both his peers and many congressional aides.” He has frequently been honored for his success, and his firm was the center of much attention for its 2009 lobbying on major tax issues affecting businesses ranging from health insurance to international trade. Many of those clients remained on Hooper’s client list in 2011, paying the firm about $8.5 million in the first three quarters of 2011. His top client was General Electric (ranked sixth among Fortune 100 companies that year), which paid $720,000 to monitor energy and tax issues. Time Warner Cable followed as the second-highest paying client at $330,000. Hooper also generates a lot of revenue for the firm for his advice to Fortune 100 clients such as Capital One Financial Corp., Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co., Citibank, Goldman Sachs Group, State Street Bank and Trust, and J.P. Morgan Chase, as well as Apple, Ford, United Health Group, Clean Coal Solution, and Gary-Williams Energy Corp. He keeps close connections to leaders on the Hill; he was a 2011 contributor to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s PAC.