There are literally thousands of registered lobbyists who regularly walk the halls of the nation’s capitol buttonholing lawmakers to talk up the benefits or detriments of some piece of legislation to their particular organization members.
Political insider publication “The Hill” made a list the week of who they consider to be the nation’s most influential association lobbyists – and two of them are with the ethanol industry. One is Tom Buis of Growth Energy who is new to ethanol but a political veteran in the agricultural arena. The other is Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen who has been ethanol’s advocate on the Hill for over 15 years.
Interestingly, the oil industry has two lobbyists on the list as well – Charles Drevna of the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association and Jack Gerard of the American Petroleum Institute. Especially interesting – no environmental group lobbyists were included on the list.