Futures Industry Association

Chief Executive Officer:

Walt Lukken is President and Chief Executive Officer of FIA, the leading global trade organization for the futures, options and centrally cleared derivatives markets worldwide. Before joining FIA in 2012, Mr. Lukken was Chief Executive Officer of New York Portfolio Clearing, the capital-efficient derivatives clearinghouse jointly owned by NYSE Euronext and the Depository Trust and Clearing Corp. Prior to this role, he was Senior Vice President in the Office of the General Counsel for NYSE Euronext and served on the LIFFE Board of Directors. Mr. Lukken served as Acting Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and as Chairman of the CFTC’s Global Markets Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the CFTC, Mr. Lukken served for five years as counsel on the professional staff of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee under Chairman Richard Lugar. Mr. Lukken holds a B.S. degree with honors from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and his Juris Doctor degree from Lewis and Clark Law School.

Total Lobby Spend:

2018: $240,000

2017: $730,000

2016: $830,000

2018 Contributions:


Contribution Split:         

21% Democrats / 79% Republicans

Core Issues:


Outside Counsel:

The Futures Industry Association retained Delta Strategy Group, Ogilvy Government Relations and Subject Matter in 2018.

Delta Strategy Group

Kevin Batteh – General Counsel, Commodity Markets Council – Special Counsel and Policy Advisor, Futures and Derivatives, Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), United States Senate – Counsel to Commissioner Jill E. Sommers, Commodity Futures Trading Commission – Chief Trial Attorney, Division of Enforcement, Commodity Futures Trading Commission – Manager, Strategy and Relationship, Office of the Director of Enforcement, UK Financial Services Authority – Attorney, Enforcement Division, UK Financial Services Authority – Senior Trial Attorney, Division of Enforcement, Commodity Futures Trading Commission – Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP – Associate, Hunton & Williams – J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law – B.A., Washington and Lee University – kbatteh@deltastrat.com

Graham Harper – Advisor, Government Affairs, Commodity Futures Trading Commission – Professional Staff, Senate Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate – Professional Staff, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, United States Senate – M.A., Mississippi State University – B.S., Mississippi State University – gharper@deltastrat.com

Jim Newsome – President and CEO, NYMEX – Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission – Commissioner, Commodity Futures Trading Commission – Chairman, Mississippi Agribusiness Council – Executive Vice President, Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association – Graduate Teaching Assistant, Mississippi State University – M.S., Ph.D., Mississippi State University – B.S., University of Florida – A.S., Abraham Baldwin College – jnewsome@deltastrat.com

Kwon Parker – Law Clerk for the Chief Deputy, Indiana Office of the Attorney General, State of Indiana – Legal Intern, Office of International Affairs, SEC – Legal Intern, Office of Chief Counsel, Division of Enforcement, Commodity Futures Trading Commission – Legal Intern, Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, Commodity Futures Trading Commission – Executive Editor, Forum on Law, Economics, and Finance – B.S., Indiana University at Bloomington – J.D., George Washington University Law School – kpark@deltastrat.com

Scott Parsons – Legislative Director, Chip Pickering (-MS) – Policy Advisor, Chairman James Newsome, Commodity Futures Trading Commission – Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer, Commodity Futures Trading Commission – Commodity Futures Trading Commission Representative, President’s Working Group on Financial Markets – Executive Vice President, Managed Funds Association – Founder, Parsons Strategies – sparsons@deltastrat.com

Ogilvy Government Relations

Dee Buchanan – Chief of Staff, House Republican Conference – Chief of Staff, Representative Jeb Hensarling, U.S. House of Representatives – B.A., Austin College – dee.aguillen@ogilvygr.com

Tony Bullock – Communications Director, Executive Office of the Mayor, District of Columbia – Chief of Staff, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, United States Senate – Town Supervisor, Town of East Hampton – Suffolk County Legislator, Suffolk County, NY – Town Councilman, Town of East Hampton, NY – B.A., Yale University – tony.bullock@ogilvygr.com

Conrad A Lass – Manager, Federal Relations Staff, American Petroleum Institute – Vice President, Legislative Affairs, Electric Power Supply Association – Manager, Federal Legislative Affairs, Southern Company – Senior Employee, Rio Tinto – Executive Director, Wyoming Rural Electric Association – Chief of Staff, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Interior Department – Staffer, Senator Craig Thomas, United States Senate – Staffer, Senator Alan Simpson, United States Senate – con.lass@ogilvygr.com

Moses Mercado – Deputy Executive Director, Intergovernmental Affairs, Democratic National Committee – State Director, Kerry for President – Vice President, American Insurance Association – State Director, Gephardt for President – Deputy Chief of Staff, House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt, U.S. House of Representatives – Deputy Chief of Staff, Democratic Leader, Richard “Dick” Gephardt – Chief of Staff, Congressman Gene Green – U.S. House of Representatives – Assistant Attorney General, Texas Attorney General – Officer, Travis County Sheriff’s Department – J.D., South Texas College of Law Houston – B.A., The University of Texas at Austin – moses.mercado@ogilvygr.com

Gordon Taylor – J.D., The George Washington University Law School – B.A., Emory University – gordon.taylor@ogilvygr.com

Karissa Willhite – Deputy Chief of Staff, Senator Robert Menendez, United States Senate – Deputy Executive Director and Policy Director, House Democratic Caucus – Senior Legislative Assistant, U.S. House of Representatives – Advisory Board Member, The Valentine Center – M.P.A., Angelo State University – karissa.willhite@ogilvygr.com

Subject Matter

Stacey Alexander – Chief of Staff, Congressman Jim Matheson, United States Senate – Senior Associate, APCO Worldwide – Deputy Political Director, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee – er@ldareports.com

James ‘Jimmy’ Ryan – J.D., The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law – er@ldareports.com

Jamie Hollenberg Wall – Director, Senior Manager, Manager, Global Government Relations & Global Trade Coordinator, Honeywell – Legislative Assistant, Senator Roy Blunt, United States Senate – Legislative Assistant, Legislative Correspondent, Staff Assistant/Field Representative, Senator Christopher ‘Kit’ Bond, United States Senate – Constituent Services Caseworker, Governor Matt Blunt – B.A., The University of Kansas – er@ldareports.com

In–House Counsel:         

The Futures Industry Association did not retain in-house counsel in 2018.

115th Congressional Session Bills:

H.R.1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

H.R.10 – Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

H.R.4659 – To require the appropriate Federal banking agencies to recognize the exposure-reducing nature of client margin for cleared derivatives.