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NECA Staff Earn Top Spots as Lobbying and Advocacy Leaders for 2022

Dec 9, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In a year full of shaping legislation, this week The Hill released its annual list of top lobbyists for the year of 2022. For the fifth straight year, NECA’s vice president of government and public affairs, Marco Giamberardino has been recognized as an association leader who successfully works with members of Congress to influence policy. NECA Director of Government Affairs Jared Karbowsky also earned a top lobbyist spot alongside Giamberardino.

The website, which covers U.S. politics with a focus on Capitol Hill, names the year’s top corporate, association, independent and grassroots lobbyists each year.

“K Street influencers helped their clients unlock huge sums of government funding authorized by the bipartisan infrastructure law and navigate a slew of regulatory proposals,” wrote The Hill staff.

A regular on this list since 2018, Giamberardino exhibits clear expertise and networking to make a difference in the nation’s capital year after year.

In further recognition of NECA’s lobbying efforts, the National Institute for Lobbying and Ethics has also named Giamberardino as a top lobbyist for 2022. Being a list of just 100 lobbyists, this recognition is completely merit-based and emphasizes Giamberardino’s presence on Capitol Hill. Contenders for this distinction are nominated by their peers, clients or Congressional staff, recognizing lobbyists who showed significant success in 2022, took an innovative approach to their field, demonstrated a commitment to give back to their community and profession and adhered to the highest ethical standards.

“It is a great honor to receive these recognitions by your peers. NECA is fully committed to improving the electrical contracting industry and none of our efforts would have succeeded without the hard work of our teammates: Jessica Cardenas, Hadlea Bender, Raley Wright and Jared Karbowsky,” said Giamberardino. “Each of us provides critical assets to our dynamic advocacy team and we could not have accomplished everything we have without them. We look forward to continue representing our contractors and our industry in Washington, DC in the years to come.”

Over the past year, NECA was able to secure significant wins for its members, including passage of the CHIPS and Science Act and the Inflation Reduction Act. In addition, NECA was invited to the White House twice this year for the signing of the CHIPs and Science Act, the White House Pipeline Challenge and attended President Biden’s signing of requiring a Project Labor Agreement on federal construction projects over $35 million. NECA also worked with the federal agencies as they began to implement their regulatory agenda for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, worked with DOJ and DOL to strengthen the partnership between the two agencies to address worker misclassification, supported an update of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, and offered public comments implementing the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program.