LA lobbyists earn bigger paychecks

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood lobbyists draw the big salaries, but lose out when it comes to other perks, according to a recent survey.

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood lobbyists draw the big salaries, but lose out when it comes to other perks, according to a recent survey.

The National Journal's newly released biennial survey of lobbyist salaries shows that Tinseltown players have some of the highest base pay in the political arena. Motion Picture Association of America frontman Jack Valenti brings in a staggering $1.15 million, making him the fifth-highest-paid lobbyist on the list, which is culled from 2000 tax records. But because Valenti made a mere $18,851 in other compensation, he falls to number eight overall, according to Daily Variety.

Also on the list was Hilary Rosen of the Recording Industry Association of America, who made $918,750. Eddie Fritts, president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters tapped in at pay and benefits totaling $908,552, while the National Cable and Television Association's Robert Sachs beat them both with $1.08 million.

But the top two spots went to lobbyists in other industries.

The National Association of Securities Dealers and the Boy Scouts of America both paid departing bonuses to their lobbyists, pushing them to the top of the list.

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