The National Restaurant Association is the lobby of choice for Fortune 500 restaurant brands, including McDonald’s, Darden Restaurants (parent company to Red Lobster, Olive Garden), and YUM! Brands. The NRA is a lobbying powerhouse in Washington, D.C. and a leading opponent of efforts to raise the minimum wage, including keeping the tipped minimum wage at $2.13 an hour since 1991.
A new analysis by the Alliance for a Just Society and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United uncovers the “secret sauce” behind the NRA’s success: a heaping helping of insider influence.
Our research shows that the National Restaurant Association and its biggest corporate members have super-sized their investment in revolving door lobbyists – Washington’s version of insider trading.