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Hedge Funds Pay Top Dollar for Washington Intelligence - By Brody Mullins and Susan Pulliam, Wall Street Journal, October 4, 2011. "Political "expert networks" like the one Mr. Equale works for have emerged as a big business. Companies like Gerson Lehrman, Coleman Research Group Inc. and Public Insight LP offer investors the chance to talk one-on-one with any of a roster of experts on various aspects of government. More than 2,000 people work for expert-network companies in the capital. The political-intelligence industry has become a roughly $100-million a year business in Washington, according to Integrity Research Associates. Gerson Lehrman, the largest expert-network firm, says political consulting is growing. The firm has assembled a global roster of more than 300,000 experts on a wide variety of subjects. Hedge funds and other investors pay up to $240,000 a year for unlimited access to the Washington experts. Most Gerson experts, who aren't technically employees, charge between $200 and $1,000 per hour to talk to clients."