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King & Spalding Selected as One of the Top 50 Lobbying Practices


20 Aug 2012
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WASHINGTON, August 20, 2012 – King & Spalding has entered the ranks of the 50 highest-grossing lobbying practices in the United States, according to the National Law Journals annual survey, the Influence 50, which was released August 20. King & Spalding debuted at No. 12, the highest spot for a new entrant this year.

The National Law Journal credited the firm with lobbying income of $24.2 million and 10 lobbyists in 2011.

“We are extremely pleased to be recognized by this survey and are grateful to our clients for giving us the opportunity to represent them,” said Thomas J. Spulak, leader of King & Spalding’s government advocacy and public policy practice, in Washington, D.C. “We take great pride in the accomplishment the lawyers in our political law group have earned.”

The Influence 50 takes a comprehensive measurement of all fees related to lobbying. It includes revenues reported to Congress under the Lobbying Disclosure Act and the U.S. Department of Justice under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. It also asks firms to provide information about state and local lobbying done from Washington-area offices. Finally, it asks firms to report other related work, such as representation of clients before federal agencies or grassroots organizing.

Lawyers in King & Spalding’s political law practice regularly counsel individuals, corporations, partnerships, trade associations, non-profit organizations, and political committees, parties and candidates in complying with all aspects of campaign finance, ethics and lobbying activities. With the enactment of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, recent amendments to the federal Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 have turned what was once a reporting statute into a regulatory scheme that includes criminal penalties for noncompliance. These changes profoundly impact not only the manner in which lobbyist activity is reported, but also the way that lobbying activity is performed. King & Spalding’s lobbying and ethics law experts are able to keep the firm’s clients apprised of these complex changes by providing regular training regarding numerous policies, including the requirements of the Lobbying Disclosure Act and the ethics rules of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate as well as all aspects of compliance with state lobbying disclosure requirements.

About King & Spalding
Celebrating more than 125 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 800 lawyers in 17 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognized for the results it obtains, uncompromising commitment to quality and dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients. More information is available at www.kslaw.com.

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