Pat Toomey, ex-Club for Growth president: $680,094
This Washington-based advocacy group made its name by endorsing a handful of candidates, primarily in House and Senate races, and serving as a conduit for donors across the country to support them financially. It’s put more than $300,000 into Georgia’s 9th Congressional District race on behalf of former state Rep. Tom Graves.
It’s also worked out well financially for Pat Toomey, a former three-term congressman from Pennsylvania who became president of the Club for Growth in 2005.
Tax records show the club in 2008 paid Toomey $680,094, which included $325,000 in bonuses. A spokesman says that total included two annual bonuses: one for 2007 that was paid in January 2008, and another in December 2008.
The club’s records (available online at www.guidestar.org) show Toomey received total compensation of $455,525 in 2007 and $149,958 in 2006.
Toomey resigned last year to run for Arlen Specter’s seat in the U.S. Senate. The Club for Growth has endorsed him and is soliciting donations to his campaign.