Jim Christian, a partner in the firm's Washington office, was quoted by The Hill on October 22, 2008 in a story that looked at third quarter lobby revenues. The newspaper reported that a number of firms saw a decline in numbers due to the presidential election, the annual August recess and the all-consuming financial crisis on Wall Street that left little time for lawmakers to tackle other issues.
Patton Boggs was the top earner on K Street in the third quarter, according to disclosure forms. "Everyone is holding their breath for the election," Christian said. "We have seen this before in election years, especially in presidential election years."