Chart of The Week: Beacon Hill’s Top Lobbying Firms

This list of the top 25 firms in Massachusetts is based on client payments in 2013.

O’Neill & Associates, headed by former Lieutenant Governor Thomas P. O’Neill III, once again claimed the top spot among Beacon Hill lobbying firms, according to data compiled from the Secretary of State’s disclosure site. But it came up shy of the $2 million billing mark, and stands vulnerable to a new partnership forged this year.

That would be Murphy Donoghue Partners, formed in September by John E. Murphy Jr., Roger Donoghue, Maureen Glynn, and Tara O’Donnell. The new combination (which replaces Murphy’s and Donoghue’s previous million-dollar firms) came close to seven figures just through the end of the year.

One thing to watch going forward: good relationships with Senate president Therese Murray, and with key members of the Deval Patrick administration, are of rapidly diminishing value; going forward, clients will be looking for an in with Stan Rosenberg and whoever they think will take over the executive branch.

Also, at some point these firms might finally say farewell to the days of big checks from casino development companies (like the $420,000 to ML Strategies you’ll see below from Wynn’s Development Associates).

In the chart below, I’ve listed the top 25 Massachusetts lobbying firms, based on client payments in 2013 as reported to the Secretary’s lobbying disclosure office. I’ve also shown the 2013 political contributions of the firms’ registered state lobbyists (which does not include contributions from other employees of the firms, or relatives), which total close to a half-million dollars. Plus, I’ve shown each firms’ top-paying client (or clients) for the year, and the amount. (All this data is subject to change as some reports may be late or under review.)

I’ll have a more complete roster of top-spending clients, and groups that do their own lobbying, in a later Chart of the Week. Stay tuned!

Firm2013 EarningsContributionsBiggest ContractAmount
O'Neill & Associates$1,969,820$27,750The Boston Foundation$115,000
Kearney Donovan & McGee$1,868,322$27,850CGI Technologies; Exelon Generation$90,000
The Brennan Group$1,751,610$26,950Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine$175,999
Rasky Baerlein$1,732,337$14,960First Wind; Just Energy$120,000
Dewey Square Group$1,661,252$8,700Maximus Inc.$240,000
Serlin Haley$1,631,145$32,068Mass. Assisted Living Facilities Association$125,000
ML Strategies$1,416,956$10,950Development Associates$430,479
Travaglini, Eisenberg & Kiley$1,403,876$12,150Cambridge Health Alliance$127,876
Bay State Strategies$1,291,753$15,500Harvard Pilgrim; WinnDevelopment$120,000
Shanley Fleming Boksanski & Cahill$1,287,787$21,375Northeast Utilities$155,000
Strategic Management Services$1,275,195$19,400FUJIFILM Pharmaceutical$300,000
McDermott, Quilty & Miller$1,212,999$23,075Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Mass.$144,999
The Suffolk Group$1,131,254$20,775EMD Sorono$127,000
Government Insight Group$1,041,946$3,108Telecommunications Insight Group$242,300
The Karol Group$1,029,300$26,925Bank of America$112,500
Murphy Donoghue Partners$930,066$13,000Lahey Health System$90,000
Lynch Associates$872,616$8,950State Police Association of Mass.$84,000
Robert White Associates$852,675$11,100Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass.$80,000
Smith Ruddock & Hayes$822,100$35,450Steward Health Care$120,000
McGlynn & McGlynn$761,918$20,375Mass. Association of Health Plans$113,000
Northwind Strategies$754,500$400Boston Beer$157,000
William F. Coyne Jr. Esq. P.C.$694,633$14,750Verizon Communications$99,999
Corry Associates$655,551$9,800Motion Picture Association of America$100,427
Governmental Strategies Inc.$613,021$7,905Mass. Legal Assistance Corp.$70,000
Donoghue Barrett & Singhal$598,498$12,500Mass. College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences$100,000