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September 23, 2014

Chamber of Commerce Still Keeping Lobbyists Busy

The Chamber of Commerce of the U.S.Areported spending $10,140,000 on lobbying during the first quarter of 2013. This is down from the $29,510,000 they spent in the last quarter of 2012, which included October pre-election issue advertising. At the end of 2012 the Chamber of Commerce was ranked as the top organization spending the most on federal lobbying. The Chamber, with over forty in-house lobbyists, lobbied on a wide variety of pro-business issues. Lists of issue areas and specific bills appear in the report. The Chamber also hired fourteen lobbying firms to assist in lobbying their issues. See Political MoneyLine’s multi-year lobbying profile of the Chamber.

The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, which reports separately, reported spending $6,430,000 on lobbying during the fist quarter. This is down from the $10,910,000 spent in the fourth quarter of 2012. At the end of 2012 they were ranked as the 3rd highest spender on federal lobbying. They had five lobbyists and also hired fourteen outside lobbying firms. See Political MoneyLine’s multi-year lobbying profile of the Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform.

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