34. Aaron Read
Aaron Read is known best for lobbying – which he’s been doing since Ronald Reagan was a rookie governor – but his outfit, Aaron Read and Associates, which he founded in 1978, has spread out over the years. It handles campaign strategy and execution through a sister firm, Marketplace Communications, which advises candidates on everything from political positioning to ringing doorbells and walking precincts. His diverse client list includes the CHP officers’ credit union, AT&T, Dun & Bradstreet, 3M, Matson, PORAC, the government’s professional engineers, the Water Foundation, and many more. As we’ve said before, this firm poses a dilemma: Why list just Read? Why not the other lobbyists in the firm, such as Randy Perry, Patrick Moran, Terry McHale, Steve Baker and Jennifer Tannehill? We don’t know either.
Updated Aug. 27, 2021.