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WASHINGTON, DC - April 17: Tom Crawford, middle, founding partner of the lobbying firm c2 group, flanked by: Robert Van Heuvelen, left, an independent consultant to the firm who was, until last July, the chief of staff to Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D.; and, right, Hunter Bates, c2 group partner and once chief of staff to Mitch McConnell, now the Senate Republican leader. The U.S. Capitol is in the background. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

WASHINGTON, DC - April 17: Tom Crawford, middle, founding partner of the lobbying firm c2 group, flanked by: Robert Van Heuvelen, left, an independent consultant to the firm who was, until last July, the chief of staff to Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D.; and, right, Hunter Bates, c2 group partner and once chief of staff to Mitch McConnell, now the Senate Republican leader. The U.S. Capitol is in the background. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

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