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February 11, 2016

Lobbying By Defense Firms Up In Second Quarter

Early reports of major defense contractors show higher spending on lobbying Congress and the executive branch during the second quarter.

Defense firms have been working hard to maintain their current level of contracts in the midst of government sequestors, future budget discussions, and long-term development and production projects, such as Lockheed Martin’s F35 multi-role fighter planes.

Lockheed Martin Corporation reported it spent $3,880,000 on lobbying during the second quarter of 2013. This is up from the $3,710,000 reported for the first quarter of 2013.

General Dynamics Corporation reported it spent $3,189,639 on lobbying, up from spending $2,358,168 during the first quarter.

Early reports from other industry areas have also shown increases for lobbying. The American Chemistry Council reported spending $2,850,000 on lobbing, up from the $1,890,000 spent during the first quarter. The Independent Community Bankers reported spending $1,671,000 on lobbying, up from the $960,000 spend in the first quarter. The American Council of Life Insurers reported spending $2,060,500 on lobbying, up from having spent $1,782,900 in the first quarter.

Other groups have reported drops in lobbying. CTIA, the Wireless Association, reported spending $1,890,000 on lobbying, down from the $2,950,000 spent during the first quarter. Eli Lilly & Company reported spending $1,965,000 on lobbying, down from the $2,610,000 spent in the first quarter.

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