Of the 17 of 18 lobbying clients that Balch & Bingham lost in Washington, D.C., four top clients leaped to rival law firm Maynard, Cooper & Gale, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
From Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin to Quantum Research International, Balch saw a serious exodus of clients. Between 2015 and 2017, Balch made over $3 million in lobbying fees from these ex-clients, averaging $1 million a year.
In 2018, Balch’s ex-clients generated almost $2 million in lobbying fees to their new lead lobbying firms. Maynard Cooper took in $820,000 or over 40 percent of the fees.
The real irony is that Clark A. Cooper, the son of the Chairman Emeritus at Maynard Cooper, is the alleged master-mind of the Newsome Conspiracy Case.
Clark A. Cooper was fired by Balch in March of 2017 and is now selling mattresses.
Frank Pitts, the CEO of Quantum Research, was one of the executives who spoke to us in June of 2017. He had no knowledge about the deplorable North Birmingham Bribery Scandal or Newsome Conspiracy Case.
As with all of Balch’s lobbying clients, we emailed him details and wrote:
Balch’s behavior goes contrary to the ethical values and morals many of us hold dear. What you have Mr. Pitts is the power to provide a voice: a voice to those poor African-Americans in North Birmingham, a voice for people like Burt Newsome who were treated with apparent injustice.
And Corporate America listened.