Tom Donohue is the CEO of U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Before taking the helm of the Chamber in 1997, Donahue spent 13 years as president of the American Trucking Association, where he fundraised and lobbied against the Teamsters union. Prior to the ATA, Donohue lobbied for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and worked as a labor negotiator for the U.S. Postal Service. Donohue was born in Brooklyn in 1938, earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and a master’s degree in business administration from Adelphi University.
Since becoming head of the Chamber, Donohue has received a lot of attention for his lobbying and fundraising practices as well as for his $3.7 million salary, chauffeur-driven cars, and private jets. He is currently the sixth highest paid lobbyist in the country.
Donohue has been both praised and criticised as a leader by members of the US chamber of Commerce. He has refocused the Chamber's lobbying and outreach efforts on policies that suit the Chamber's largest and wealthiest corporations. This strategy has increased the the Chamber's income through fundraising, but has alienated many of the small businesses that make up the majority of the Chamber's membership. Donahue has also ramped up the Chamber's spending, doling out $120 million in 2009 on lobbying alone, five times what its nearest cohort, Exxon Mobil, spent.
Source: Washtington Monthly
The LA Times notes, "Under Donohue, the [U.S. Chamber of Commerce] has also frequently aligned itself with GOP priorities."