Top White House staff, including Rove, get annual raises
The top pay for senior White House aides, including Chief of Staff Andrew Card, Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and Legislative Affairs Director Candida Wolff, mushroomed to $261,000 at the beginning of July, according to a list sent to Congress and obtained by National Journal, RAW STORY can reveal.
Democrats raised the issue on the Democratic Congressional Campaign website Wednesday morning. "Long live the era of personal responsibility!" they wrote. Rove and Vice President Cheney's Chief of Staff Scooter Libby both got raises; each has been questioned by a grand jury about their role in the outing of a covert CIA operative.
"The top salary, paid to 19 aides, is up $4,000 from last year, barely matching the annual inflation rate," penned National Journal reporter Alexis Simendinger. "At the low end of the pecking order, some young staff assistants and correspondence aides earn $30,000 for the honor of sitting on the fringes of history."
The Journal continues:
"Others among President Bush's highest paid advisers are Claude Allen, head of domestic policy; Counselor Dan Bartlett; Jack Crouch, deputy at the National Security Council; Nicolle Devenish, who succeeded Bartlett as head of communications; Michael Gerson, assistant for policy and strategic planning; Stephen Hadley, head of the NSC; Joe Hagin, deputy chief of staff; Al Hubbard, National Economic Council director; and Brett Kavanaugh, White House staff secretary."
"Also compensated as assistants to Bush are I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, chief of staff to the vice president; Scott McClellan, press secretary; William McGurn, chief speechwriter; Harriet Miers, White House counsel; Jim Towey, director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives; Fran Townsend, homeland security and counter-terrorism director; and Liza Wright, the new head of presidential personnel.
Bush's top paid advisers follow -- those making $261,000.
The full list is at The National Journal. By law, the White House is obliged to send a list to Congress each year for the salaries of their staff. The President's salary is $400,000.
Allen Claude A. $261,000
Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy
Bartlett Daniel Joseph $261,000
Counselor to the President
Card, Jr. Andrew H. $261,000
Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff
Crouch II Jack D $261,000
Assistant to the President & Deputy National Security Advisor
Devenish Nicolle $261,000
Assistant to the President for Communications
Gerson Michael J $261,000
Assistant to the President for Policy and Strategic Planning
Hadley Stephen J $261,000
Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
Hagin Joseph $261,000
Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff
Hubbard Allan B $261,000
Assistant to the President for Economic Policy & Dir, NEC
Kavanaugh Brett M $261,000
Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary
Libby I. Lewis $261,000
Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Vice President
McClellan Scott K. $261,000
Assistant to the President and Press Secretary
McGurn William J. $261,000
Assistant to the President for Speechwriting
Miers Harriet E. $261,000
Counsel to the President
Powell Dina H $261,000
Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel
Rove Karl C. $261,000
Assistant to the President, Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor
Towey H. James II $261,000
Assistant to President and Director of Faith-based and Community Initiatives
Townsend Frances Fragos $261,000
Assistant to President for Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism
Wolff Candida P. $261,000
Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs