American Trucking Associations

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In the 1988-90 period the American Trucking Associations was run by Thomas J Donohue, the sixth richest lobbyist in the USA. He earned $3.7 million a year, had a chauffeur driven Lincoln and his own private jet. He also ran the CART operation and a half-dozen others.

The ATA was the largest national trade association for the trucking industry in the United States, representing over 37,000 members.

The organization is overseen in 2011 by its President and CEO, Bill Graves, former Republican governor of Kansas.[1][2]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Ted Scott, ATA’s Director of Special Projects, is the ATA's representative on the Executive Committee of the Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and also co-chairs the Transportation Subcommittee of the same task force, as of 2011.[3][4]

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  1. [1], “Bill Graves.” Wikipedia. Accessed July 6, 2011.
  2. [2], “American Trucking Associations.” Wikipedia. Accessed July 6, 2011.
  3. American Legislative Exchange Council, Private Sector Executive Committee, organizational website, accessed July 6, 2011
  4. NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures, Partners Project on Public-Private Partnerships, organizational website, accessed July 8, 2011
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