Banking Lobbyist Awarded First “Golden Throne”


The Center for Media and Democracy, publishers of, have awarded their first “Golden Throne” to banking lobbyist Edward Yingling, for leading the pack of the “behind-the-scenes lobbyists and spinmeisters who have managed to maintain the status quo and hold off any meaningful reform of the financial services sector since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch and AIG rocked the world one year ago this week.”

Yingling is the CEO of the American Bankers Association and pulls down $2.1 million a year for his efforts.

I criticized PRWatch before for their ironic inability to get the word out, though now that they have Cigna’s ex-PR chief Wendell Potter thumping the healthcare reform message in the media and before Congress, all has changed.

Related: Ex Cigna PR VP, “Ammo for the Elephant Gun” in Healthcare Fight