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Who Makes How Much: Capital Influence

Here's what Washingtonians get paid for the work they do

Trade associations are a big part of the growth of Washington over the last 30 years. As the power of the national government grew, companies all over the country needed someone to watch out for their interests, and being part of a trade association based in DC was a good way to keep tabs on what the federal government was doing or might do. The number of trade associations here now is in the 3,000 range. Because their job is to represent their members in making public policy, the heads of these associations know their way around politics. This list includes four ex-governors, eight former members of Congress, and at least 16 former White House, federal-agency, and Hill employees. Compensation reported is from available IRS filings, which range from 2007 to 2009.

Edward L. Yingling, American Bankers Association, $1,317,875.

Barry C. Melancon, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, $1,215,000.

Gary Shapiro, Consumer Electronics Association, $1,118,141.

Steve Largent, CTIA—The Wireless Association, $1,173,298.

Kyle McSlarrow, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, $2,214,896.

Walter B. McCormick Jr., US Telecom Association, $1,160,206.

Madeleine Jacobs, American Chemical Society, $889,550.

Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr., American Gaming Association, $1,375,000.

Daniel A. Mica, Credit Union National Association, $1,504,538.

Gerald M. Howard, National Association of Home Builders, $1,387,837.

Steve Bartlett, Financial Services Roundtable, $1,550,000.

John M. Damgard, Futures Industry Association, $1,891,480.

Paul S. Stevens, Investment Company Institute, $1,364,000.

John Sturm, Newspaper Association of America, $1,121,974.

David N. Parker, American Gas Association, $1,273,924.

Byron M. Cavaney, American Petroleum Institute, $2,030,240.

Thomas R. Kuhn, Edison Electric Institute $1,777,874.

Glenn English, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, $1,637,054.

Peter H. Cressy, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States , $1,750,406.

Calvin Dooley, former president, Grocery Manufacturers Association (succeeded by Pamela B. Bailey), $858,228.

Robert P. Koch, Wine Institute, $1,100,000.

Edward T. Reilly, American Management Association, $1,151,958.

John J. Castellani, former president, Business Roundtable, $1,393,398.

Steve Gunderson, Council on Foundations, $380,501.

Thomas J. Donohue, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, $3,731,380.

Donald J. Borut, National League of Cities, $322,764.

John Seffrin, American Cancer Society, $685,884.

Laurence Hausner, American Diabetes Association, $509,278.

Richard Umbdenstock, American Hospital Association, $1,129,020.

Michael D. Maves, American Medical Association, $890,902.

Karen Ignagni, America’s Health Insurance Plans, $1,573,120.

Charles N. Kahn III, Federation of American Hospitals, $2,178,944.

Steven Anderson, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, $1,328,698.

Billy Tauzin, former president, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (succeeded by John Castellani), $2,907,732.

Frank Keating, American Council of Life Insurers, $1,471,631.

Marc F. Racicot, former president, American Insurance Association, $1,622,011.

Dave McCurdy, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, $1,380,971.

John M. Engler, National Association of Manufacturers, $1,041,350.

Christine McEntee, former CEO, American Institute of Architects, $565,939.

Phillip D. Brady, National Automobile Dealers Association, $1,419,911.

James C. May, Air Transport Association of America, $1,450,967.

Charles M. Barclay, American Association of Airport Executives, $899,739.

Robert D. Somerville, American Bureau of Shipping, $1,817,662.

Bill Graves, American Trucking Associations, $1,309,329.

Edward Hamberger, Association of American Railroads, $1,039,112.

This feature first appeared in the November 2010 issue of The Washingtonian. 

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