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Top Lobbyists

Created BY lobbyists FOR lobbyists

We set out on a mission to create a yearly Top Lobbyist list that is more representative of the profession and not simply based on who you know or where you work. Our judges blindly evaluate each nominee to ensure receiving the honor of Top Lobbyists is 100% merit based.  


Our list is comprised of lobbyists, PAC managers, and grassroots professionals that have been nominated by their colleagues, Congressional staff, or clients for their outstanding work. This distinction spotlights professionals that saw significant legislative success, have been innovative in their field, are held in high regard by their clients or members, and are individuals who give back to their community through charity or pro bono work.


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Nomination Process Now Open!

  • Nominees must be nominated by a co-worker, client, Congressional/agency staff, or peer within the profession.

  • Nomination packet must clearly demonstrate 2021 lobbying, PAC, or grassroots success. Successes from previous years will not be considered.

  • Both Federal and State lobbyists, PAC Managers/Directors, grassroots professionals may be nominated.

  • A nominee may be nominated by more than one person.

  • The nominee DOES NOT have to be a member of the National Institute of Lobbying & Ethics.

  • All nominator and nominee information will be kept confidential. 

  • If you wish to include letters of recommendation to your nomination packet the following are accepted and encouraged.

    • Letter of recommendation from a Congressional or agency staff, client, peer within the profession, or community-based organization.

      • Letters must include:

        • Relationship to nominee,

        • What issue or campaign did you work with them on,

        • What was the outcome of your work together, and

        • Why, in your opinion, does the nominee stand out​​​.

    • If you would like to provide a letter of recommendation to add to the nomination packet of an individual you know has been nominated, please send to Nicole at

Promote Your Success....

You've Earned it!

Nomination                        Timeline

  • Sept 26: Nomination process opens

  • Oct 26: Nomination process ends

  • Oct 21-28: Judges will evaluate all completed nomination packets

  • Oct 29-Nov 5: Winner will be notified

  • Nov 9th: 2021 Top Lobbyist announcement


Each nominee will be evaluated using the criteria below


Did the nominee have significant 2021 Lobbying, PAC, or grassroots success.​​


Did the nominee innovate in their field. 


Is the nominee viewed positively by their peers. Does the nominee provide pro bono services and/or participate within their community.

Complete Nomination Form Below
Which Award are you Nominating for?
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Please attach any letters of recommendation you would like to add to this nomination packet. If you have additional letters between now and Oct 20th, please have them sent to Nicole at

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Thanks for submitting! If we need more information we will reach out.

Deadline Extended Until Midnight Tuesday, Oct 26th