Republican lobbyist Dan Coats challenging Sen. Evan Bayh in Indiana 

If Republicans wanted to help Democrats set a populist tone for the 2010 elections, they could hardly have done better than running former Sen. Dan Coats for Senate in Indiana.

As a lobbyist at the K Street firm King & Spalding, Coats has represented titans of finance and pharma.

Coats helped the Medicines Company push a bill crafted only for the Medicines Company (MDCO) that would save the company a billion dollars by keeping generic versions of MDCO's heart drug off the market for years.

Coats has done the bidding of financier Julian Robertson, pushing for climate change regulations to restrict U.S. energy use -- while Robertson is invested in nuclear energy and Chinese biofuels.

Coats has helped Google push for "Openness and competition in the online services market," which likely means he lobbied for net neutrality regulation, which would profit Google.

Here are the highlights of his client list.

>> Amgen

>> Bank of America

>> Cerberus Capital Management

>> Google

>> Home Depot

>> Lockheed Martin

>> The Medicines Company

>> PhRMA

>> Sprint Nextel

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