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Health Care's Top Earners

Updated at 4:00 p.m. with corrections. While much attention is given to the pay grade enjoyed by presidents and chief executives of top lobbying groups, the paychecks of their seconds- and thirds-in-command are ample as well. The average compensation package in our list of health care lobby vice presidents (plus one executive director) for 2008, including base pay, bonuses and perks, is a generous $947,872. Keeping in mind that numbers are relative and all the executives on our list are well compensated, there are revealing differences between the pay gaps in each organization.

Posted: Friday, April 2, 2010 - 8:28am

Vital Stats: Salary Survey

Posted: Friday, April 2, 2010 - 8:19am

How To Make Millions Off The Hill

National Journal's biennial salary survey found that the compensation of 89 Washington executives exceeded $1 million, a 30 percent increase from two years earlier. So how does one ascend to millionaire status? Many D.C. success stories in trade associations, professional societies, think tanks and interest groups start on Capitol Hill. Bara Vaida, who wrote the cover story, sat down with headhunter Ivan Adler of the McCormick Group this week to talk about the survey results.

Posted: Friday, April 2, 2010 - 8:02am

Friday's Starting Lineup

Good Friday morning. The weather is supposed to be beautiful this weekend, but if you head down to see cherry blossoms by the Tidal Basin, we recommend you bring sharp elbows. The crowds are out in full force.

Here's today's Starting Lineup, previewing the people who will make news today and over the weekend:

Posted: Friday, April 2, 2010 - 7:47am

CompTIA Hires New Lobbyist

CompTIA, a trade association for information technology companies, has tapped Elizabeth Hyman as its new vice president for public advocacy. She will serve as the association's federal, state, and local lobbyist. She previously oversaw government affairs for computer maker Lenovo. Before that, she was a vice president at the Consumer Electronics Association. Her own government work has included stints at the Justice Department, the office of the vice president, and in the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 6:07pm

Group Wants Ex-Google Staffer's E-Mail

The public interest group Consumer Watchdog filed a Freedom of Information Act request on Thursday asking to see emails between President Obama's Deputy Chief Technology Officer Andrew McLaughlin and his former employer, Google. The critique that Google is closely tied to the administration picked up some steam earlier this week thanks to an Internet privacy incident by Google itself.

Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 5:49pm

Commerce Dept. Backs Radio Royalty Bill

The Commerce Department voiced support Thursday for legislation that would require AM and FM radio stations to pay performers a fee when they air their songs. "In today's digital music marketplace, where U.S. performers and record labels are facing both unprecedented challenges and opportunities, the department believes that providing [incentives for artists and recording companies] is more important than ever," Commerce Department General Counsel Cameron Kerry wrote in a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.

Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 5:44pm

CompTIA Taps New Veep

CompTIA, a trade association for information technology companies, has tapped Elizabeth Hyman as its new vice president for public advocacy. She will serve as the association's federal, state, and local lobbyist. Hyman previously oversaw government affairs for Lenovo, a PC manufacturer. Before that, she was a vice president at the Consumer Electronics Association. Her own government work has included stints at the Justice Department, in the vice president's office, and in the Office of the United States Trade Representative. (Photo of Hyman courtsey of CompTIA)

Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 5:37pm

NJ Insiders: GOP More Likely To Take Back House

Seven months out from the midterm election, this week's National Journal Political Insiders Poll finds that Dems and GOPers agree that the chances for a GOP takeover of the House have improved markedly since the last survey on this question was conducted in Sept.

Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 4:03pm

Hayworth Short Of Fundraising Goal

Ex-Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R) raised $936K in Mar., his campaign manager David Payne told the Arizona Daily Star this a.m., leaving him slightly short of his goal of a "Million Dollar March."

Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 3:33pm