The Smith-Free Group's Andy Barbour named to The Hill's Top Lobbyists 2013 list
"Among the thousands of advocates in the nation’s capital, only a select few have risen to the top of their profession to earn a slot on The Hill’s Top Lobbyists list.
Some of the Top Lobbyists are hired guns who have proven to clients that they can shape the agenda on Capitol Hill.
Others are advocates who derive power from the grassroots, turning old-fashioned organizing into potent political power.
Some work for a single business or corporation, giving them the ability to speak with authority on economic and tax policy.
Last but not least are the lobbyists and leaders for trade groups, who help industries present a united front in legislative battles.
While everyone on the list exerts influence in Washington, not all of them are registered lobbyists.
Since The Hill began publishing its Top Lobbyists list more than a decade ago, the word “lobbyist” has become a “Scarlet L” that many strive to avoid.
The industry has also expanded into new forms of advocacy that go beyond face-to-face meetings with decision makers.
The Hill uses the term “lobbyist” broadly here to encompass the people who are working day in and day out to influence federal policy.
While not every advocate on the list fits the traditional K Street mold, they all have one thing in common: a proven ability to make things happen in Washington."
Andy Barbour, Smith-Free Group
The former Clinton administration official and Financial Services Roundtable alum will be on the front lines of the fight to renew terrorism risk insurance. "
Origionally published in The Hill, October 30, 2013