21. Dustin Corcoran
If it has to do with medical issues, the 43,000-member California Medical Association can be counted on to make its presence felt. That’s been true for decades, and the man responsible for keeping it that way is the CMA’s longtime CEO, Dustin Corcoran, who has become a fixture on this list. Every year, there’s usually a major political discussion involving the doctors, like reimbursements to Medi-Cal physicians, cannabis, malpractice insurance and scope of practice, to name just a few. The CMA pushed for the Affordable Care Act and has been a major player in anti-tobacco and anti-overconsumption of sugary beverages movements. He joined the CMA in 1998 and became CEO in 2010. Before rising to the top, Corcoran was the CMA’s lobbyist, coordinator of the PAC and a senior vice president. In 2016, Corcoran served as co-chair of the successful Proposition 56, which raised the tax on tobacco by $2 a pack. CMA is currently part of a group planning a 2020 ballot initiative implementing a statewide tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.
Updated Aug. 15, 2018