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Wanna be CEO? Rising to top-paid lobby list is good omen

Six of the 100 highest-paid registered lobbyists at associations have become CEO in the past year, and two more have become COO

Top paid lobbyists chart

June 7, 2019
By William Ehart

Nothing succeeds like access.

And as you approach the pinnacle of access and influence in Washington, D.C., associations will line up for your services.

CEO Update used tax data from 2017 and 2018 to identify the 100 top-paid association staffers who were also registered as federal lobbyists. (See charts pages 14 and 15.) In this group, six people have become CEOs and two more have been promoted to COO since the time period covered in the tax filings.

Four were promoted to the CEO role from within their associations: