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Bill Novelli

Bill Novelli is CEO of AARP, a membership organization of 40 million people age 50 and older, half of whom remain actively employed. AARP’s mission is to enhance the quality[…]

Novelli points to the pharmaceutical industry and the AARP.

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