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Fortune: Washington's Power 25

THE POWER 25

  1. American Association of Retired Persons
  2. American Israel Public Affairs Committee
  3. AFL-CIO
  4. National Federation of Independent Business
  5. Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  6. National Rifle Association of America
  7. Christian Coalition
  8. American Medical Association
  9. National Education Association
  10. National Right to Life Committee
  11. National Association of Realtors
  12. American Bankers Association
  13. National Association of Manufacturers
  14. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees
  15. Chamber of Commerce of the U.S.A.
  16. Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
  17. American Farm Bureau Federation
  18. Motion Picture Association of America
  19. National Association of Home Builders of the U.S.
  20. National Association of Broadcasters
  21. American Hospital Association
  22. National Governors' Association
  23. American Legion
  24. National Restaurant Association
  25. International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Washington's Power 25

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Tech isn't so high inside the Beltway

Despite its dominance everywhere else, technology does not reign in Washington.

Lobbying tips

What works ... and what doesn't.

So much money, so little clout

Lobbyists generally make big bucks, but it's not always pay for performance.

There ought to be a law? There is a law!

Here's one law the White House must surely be violating.

Loved and hated

In Washington, interest groups come in partisan flavors.

The runners-up

26 through 120.

FORTUNE's survey was conducted this fall by the Mellman Group and Public Opinion Strategies. Recipients were asked to assess the importance of a list of lobbying techniques and to rank the clout in Washington of 120 interest groups, labor unions, and trade associations chosen by two panels of experts, which included members of Congress, professional lobbyists, academics, congressional staffers, and pollsters. The questionnaire was mailed to 2,165 people: all members of Congress, top staffers, senior White House aides, top officers of lobbying organizations, and professional lobbyists. In all, 329 surveys--a healthy 15%--were completed and returned.




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