What trade groups spent in 2016

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With Theodoric Meyer, Aubree Eliza Weaver and Daniel Lippman

WHAT TRADE GROUPS SPENT IN 2016: We’re sending off 2017 by taking a look at how much several influential Washington trade groups raised, spent and paid their top staffers in 2016 — data that has only become public in the past few weeks, as many groups file the Forms 990. Here are the numbers for 11 of the leading trade groups in town.

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— U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Raised: $178.1 million. Spent: $174.8 million. Highest-paid staffers: Tom Donohue, the Chamber’s president and chief executive, who made $5.6 million; Agnes Warfield-Blanc, the Chamber’s executive vice president for development, who made $3.7 million; and Bruce Josten, the chamber’s executive vice president for government affairs, who made $2.7 million.

— National Association of Manufacturers: Raised: $42.7 million. Spent: $47.5 million. Highest-paid staffers: Jay Timmons, the association’s president and chief executive, who made $2.5 million; Ann Heins, the association’s senior vice president of membership and board relations, who made $883,380; and Aric Newhouse, the association’s senior vice president of policy and government relations, who made $631,968.

— PhRMA: Raised: $270.6 million. Spent: $280.4 million. Highest-paid staffers: former President John Castellani, who stepped down from his post Jan. 1, 2016, made $6.1 million last year; his successor, Stephen Ubl, made $2.8 million; and Lori Reilly, PhRMA’s executive vice president of policy, research and membership, who made $1.3 million.

— Airlines for America: Raised: $40.9 million. Spent: $41.8 million. Highest-paid staffers: Nicholas Calio, A4A’s president and CEO, who made $3.8 million; and Sean Kennedy and Christine Burgeson, both senior vice presidents of global government affairs, who made $696,564 and $690,235, respectively.

— Association of American Railroads: Raised: $59.6 million. Spent: $58.1 million. Highest-paid staffers: Edward Hamberger, the association’s president, who made $1.8 million; Kathy Kirmayer, the association’s senior vice president and general counsel, who made $531,706; and John Gray, the association’s senior vice president for policy and economics, who made $522,208.

— Motion Picture Association of America: Raised: $57.8 million. Spent: $66.7 million. Highest-paid staffers: former Sen. Chris Dodd, MPAA’s outgoing chairman and CEO, who made $3.4 million; Steven Fabrizio, MPAA’s senior executive vice president and general counsel, who made $1.1 million; and Diane Strahan, MPAA’s COO, who made $1 million.

— CTIA – The Wireless Association: Raised: $78.2 million. Spent: $65.6 million. Highest-paid staffers: Meredith Baker, CTIA’s president and CEO, who made $1.8 million; Brad Gillen, CTIA’s executive vice president, who made $827,431; and Rocco Carlitti, CTIA’s senior vice president and CFO, who made $788,646.

— U.S. Travel Association: Raised: $32.8 million; Spent: $31.2 million. Highest-paid staffers: Roger Dow, the association’s president and CEO, who made $2 million; Gary Oster, the association’s executive vice president of member services, who made $720,155; and Jonathan Grella, the association’s executive vice president of public affairs, who made $474,267.

— National Retail Federation: Raised: $54.2 million. Spent: $54.9 million. Highest-paid staffers: Matthew Shay, NRF’s president and CEO, who made $3.1 million; Carleen Kohut, NRF’s executive vice president and COO, who made $652,820; and David French, NRF’s senior vice president of government relations, who made $562,622. Figures for the National Retail Federation are from the tax period beginning March 1, 2016 and ending Feb. 28, 2017.

— American Bankers Association: Raised: $104.9 million. Spent: $100.4 million. Highest-paid staffers: former President and CEO Frank Keating, who stepped down in December 2015, made $2.9 million in the most recent tax filing made available to PI, which ran from Sept. 1, 2015 to Aug. 31, 2016; Edward Yingling, also a former president and CEO, who made $1.6 million; and Jeff Owen, ABA’s outgoing COO, who made $1.3 million. ABA’s current president, Rob Nichols, started Jan. 4, 2016 and made $638,420 through the end of the filing period.

— Consumer Healthcare Products Association: Raised: $27.1 million. Spent: $26.4 million. Highest-paid staffers: Scott Melville, the association’s president and CEO, who made $1.2 million; David Spangler, the association’s general counsel and senior vice president of policy, who made $361,453; and Barbara Kochanowski, the association’s senior vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs, who made $357,249.

Good afternoon, and welcome to PI. I’m filling in today for Theo, who’s skipped town for the holidays. Thanks for tuning in for the last PI of 2017. We’ll be back Jan. 2, but still looking for tips in the meantime: [email protected] and [email protected] You can also follow us on Twitter: @theodoricmeyer and @davidabeavers. Happy holidays to those who celebrate!

2018 OUTLOOK: PI asked around K Street about what’s going to drive the conversation in D.C. in the early months of the new year. Here’s what some had to say:

Ballard Partners President Brian Ballard, who was a top fundraiser to Donald Trump’s campaign, predicts infrastructure will drive the day: “With the President gaining momentum from the tax bill I’m certain that energy will now go to rebuilding our crumbling highways, bridges, airports and rail systems. We are preparing for a fast start in the new year and optimistic a significant bill can get to the president’s desk this winter.”

Sam Geduldig, a partner at CGCN, also says infrastructure: “I believe there will be an infrastructure bill that combines Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus co-sponsors with Republican Study Committee and Freedom Caucus co-sponsors that will be introduced at the beginning of next year. The infrastructure bill will focus on prioritizing infrastructure funding for some of the poorest congressional districts, many of which include CBC, CHC, RSC and Freedom Caucus districts.”

— According to Rob Collins, partner at S-3 Public Affairs, taxes come first: “I think we’ll still be figuring out the impact of the tax bill.” Beyond that, he predicts a “pivot to an infrastructure bill that’s broad in its scope, not only roads and bridge, but also energy infrastructure and broadband infrastructure, so we can build upon the tax bill with another strong legislative push.”

Marc Lampkin, managing partner of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s D.C. office, sees the makings of gridlock: “More partisan battles between the president, Republicans and Democrats will start very early and make legislative action difficult. Democrats are not going to do anything to cooperate; they smell political opportunity.” But, infrastructure may stand a chance: “If there is any hope for the agenda, it’s going to be some talk on doing something on infrastructure. There may be some small window for bipartisan work on that, but it’s all about the details.”

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