5. Goddard Gunster
Goddard Gunster (formerly Goddard Claussen) is a Washington, D.C.-based communications firm16 that bills itself as “the go-to guys in issue advocacy.” The agency has teamed up with the American Beverage Association during the trade group’s nationwide fight against soda-tax ballot measures over the past few years. Goddard has produced anti-tax ads
and created front groups in cities considering taxes on sugary drinks. Most recently, the firm was active in the high-profile soda-tax battles in San Francisco and Berkeley, California. Voters in San Francisco rejected a tax on sugary drinks, tallying another win for Goddard and the American Beverage Association. But voters approved a similar ballot measure in Berkeley.
- American Beverage Association: $43,447,204
- Edison Electric Institute: $1,644,537