Re: Who really has the power in Washington?

It depends on how you measure power. You know there are a lot of people . . . You mentioned the pharmaceutical industry. The pharmaceutical industry has a lot of power because they have a lot of money, and they know how to spread that money around. AARP, I think, does have a lot of power. And that’s because we have lot of voters. And we have a lot of people who are activists. And we have big numbers. We’re up to 39.2 million members. So it depends on how you define power and how you try to use power. As far as me being one of the most powerful lobbyists, lots of people said, “Hey, congratulations!” And I said, “It ain’t me. It’s AARP.”

Recorded on: 9/27/07

Novelli points to the pharmaceutical industry and the AARP.

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