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Podesta Group, the lobbying firm founded by Democrat Tony Podesta, showed the biggest percentage gain in lobbying fees among the top 25 firms on K Street during the first half of 2009.

Firm
1st Half Fees 2009
Percent change from 2008
1. Patton Boggs
$20.5 million
-10.2%
2. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
$16.0 million
-10.1%
3. Van Scoyoc Associates
$13.1 million
-.01%
4. Podesta Group
$11.8 million
+63%
5. Holland & Knight
$10.3 million
+40%
6. Cassidy & Associates
$9.99 million
-15%
7. Dutko Worldwide
$9.97 million
-3%
8. K & L Gates
$9.45 milion
+19%
9. Brownstein Hyatt & Farber
$9.22 million
+33%
10. Hogan & Hartson
$8.92 million
-13.3%
11. Ogilvy Government Relations
$8.81 million
-2%
12. Williams & Jensen
$8.26 million
flat
13. BGR Holding
$8.13 million
-17%
14. Quinn Gillespie & Associates
6.73 million
-8%
15. Washington Council Ernst & Young
6.55 million
+17%
16. Cornerstone Government Affairs
6.07 million
+8%
17. Ferguson Group
5.86 million
+6%
18. Capitol Tax Partners
5.48 million
-2%
19. Carmen Group
5.43 million
-1%
20. Venable
5.42 million
+22%
21. Alcalde & Fay
5.38 million
flat
22. DLA Piper
5.37 million
-20%
23. McBee Strategic Consulting
5.34 million
+14%
24. The Breaux Lott Leadership Group
5.12 million
+53%
25. Covington & Burling
5.10 million
-6%