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Bereano Tops Lobbying List

Bruce C. Bereano, whose lobbying career was derailed only briefly by a 1994 mail fraud conviction, has reclaimed the No. 1 spot on a list of top earners in Annapolis.

Bereano reported receiving $806,250 in compensation for lobbying activities between November and April, just edging out another perennial top earner in Maryland's capital, Joel D. Rozner, who reported $801,029.

Nine other lobbyists grossed more than $500,000 during the period, which included the most recent legislative session, according to the newly released tallies by the State Ethics Commission. Sixty-one lobbyists reported $100,000 or more in earnings.

Bereano, a fixture in Annapolis for nearly 30 years, has amassed a stable of several dozen clients, ranging from the staid Maryland Bankers Association to the more adventurous Maryland Coalition of Professional Tattooists & Body Piercers.

Because of his criminal conviction, stemming from illegal campaign contributions, Bereano was one of two well-known Annapolis lobbyists that Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) pledged not to engage upon taking office last year.

The cold shoulder seems to have had little impact on Bereano's business, nor that of Gerard Evans, the other lobbyist O'Malley vowed to ignore. Evans reported compensation of $593,000 during the period, earning the No. 8 spot. His clients include the Baltimore Orioles and Constellation Energy Group.

Energy companies were among the biggest spenders on lobbying during the most recent reporting period, occupying three of the top 10 spots on the Ethics Commission rankings of employers.

Pepco Holdings took the No. 1 spot, spending $671, 816. Constellation was No. 7, spending $310,526. And Mirant Mid-Atlantic was No. 10, doling out $260,953.

Other companies and associations that invested most heavily in lobbying during the period: the Maryland Retailers Association, $407,284; the Maryland Bankers Association, $366,759; the Maryland Association of Realtors, $348,198; the Maryland Jockey Club, $319,619; Philip Morris USA, $314,960; MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society, $295,690; and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, $277,231.

By John Wagner  |  July 12, 2008; 6:40 AM ET
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Kudos for O'malley fr having taken a principled stand.

Shame of the rest of the senators and delegates who are "enabling" this ex-con by shmoozing with him, and giving an ear tohis lobbying efforts.

If enough senators and delegates adopt a principled stand themselves, and announce that they too will not deal with a convicted lobbyist, Mr. Bereano will fade away, into a comfortable retired life.

Posted by: Krishna | July 12, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

more evidence that martin o'malley's 'principled stand' has the opposite effect. everything this governor touches turns to crap.
good for your bereano! martin o'malley is an impotent wanna be.

Posted by: ha! | July 13, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

O'Malley principles give me a break.
I would deal with Bereano any day vs the Gov.
GO BRUCE!!!!!!!!

Posted by: karen Diaz | July 14, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

The Governor now stands for something?
Go for Mr. Bereano if O'Malley can be elected Governor why not Mr. Bereano be a top notch lobbyist. Evidently, his clients like what he is doing -- bet he has better favorable ratings the owe'Malley

Posted by: Free State | July 14, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

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