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November 22, 2014

BlackBerry’s Late Transmission

A struggling communications company has transmitted a report to the government two weeks beyond the due date.

BlackBerry (formerly Research in Motion) filed a 3rd quarter lobbying report on November 4th, two weeks after the due date of October 21. The report due under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 showed BlackBerry had spent $715,000 on lobbying the federal government from July through September. In the last four quarters, BlackBerry has spent $3,074,000 on federal lobbying.

RIM is a Canada-based wireless communications company, which generates a substantial portion of its revenue in the United States and has an interest in legislation relating to the US workforce.

BlackBerry lobbied on HR 624, Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2013; HR 845, Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act of 2013; S. 1013, Patent Abuse Reduction Act; HR 1232, the Federal Information Technology Acquisition and Reform Act; and HR 2131, Supply Knowledge Based Immigrants and Lifting Levels of STEM visa Act.

Another struggling firm, Tesla Motors Inc., a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles, reported late for the third quarter on 11/8. The firm reported spending less than $5,000 on federal lobbying. The firm lobbied on vehicle/domestic manufacturing incentives and tax credits.

Among many others filing beyond the deadline was M.J. Bradley & Associates, which filed on 11/4 on behalf of its client, Clean Energy Group Membership. M.J. Bradley reported it was paid $285,000 in the third quarter for lobbying. The firm also filed a report for the second quarter of 2013. The report was due July 22nd. During the last four quarters the firm reported it was paid $1,140,000 by its client.

Another late filer is Peter Dickinson, who filed his reports for two clients on Veterans Day 11/11, covering the third quarter and also the second quarter of 2013. His clients included the Disabled American Veterans and the National Association of State Veterans Homes.

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