Greg Zerzan, Robert Pickel: The ISDA's two in-house lobbyists reaped the bulk of the group's lobbying spending, at $1.5 million. Zerzan is a former senior Treasury Department official under George W. Bush, as well as an ex-counsel to two House committees with a key role in the derivatives debate. Pickel was a former counsel to the Amerada Hess oil company before joining the ISDA.
Brant Imperatore, BGR Group: A former counsel to ex-House Financial Services Committee Chairman Mike Oxley (R-OH). BGR was co-founded by now-Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R), an ex-RNC chairman and former Bush fundraiser Lanny Griffith.
Don Moorehead, Kirsten Wegner: Both lobby for Patton Boggs, where Moorehead is a 25-year veteran and Wegner is a recent arrival who specializes in giving clients "strategic advice" on the government's financial bailout.
J. Patrick Cave, Ben DuPuy, Alexander Sternhell: All three hail from the Cypress Group, which was founded in 2005 with the counter-intuitive mission of lobbying and affordable housing (the firm's realty arm won a contract to rebuild New Orleans homes after Hurricane Katrina). Cave is a former aide to ex-Rep. Richard Baker (R-LA), a senior House Financial Services member, while Sternhell is a former Democratic aide on the Senate Banking Committee. DuPuy is a former aide to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and an ex-lobbying for the National Rifle Association.
Alan Sobba, Sobba Public: Until 2007, he served as external affairs director for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission -- the body charged with regulating (or not regulating, as the case may be) derivatives trading. His duties included supervising the agency's contacts with Congress.
Edward Rosen, Cleary Gottlieb: Has advised the biggest Wall Street trade associations in Washington, including the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the Securities Industry Association, and The Bond Market Association.