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July 28, 2014

Samsung Pays Akin Gump $1 Million for Lobbying

Organizations spent almost $822 million lobbying the federal government in the first quarter of the year, with one company paying over $1 million to a single lobbying firm.

Sixteen companies or associations paid an outside lobbying firm more than $100,000 a month during the first quarter.

The Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd paid $1,0020,000 to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP for lobbying. Akin Gump also pulled in another large fee from the Gila River Indian Community, which paid the lobbying firm $880,000 in the first quarter. The Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform paid the firm $340,000. The Pipeline Contractors Association paid the firm $310,000 during the quarter.

Akin Gump reported Samsung paid for nine lobbyists working on Copyrights/Patents/Trademarks issues, such as IP policy, including patent pools and SEPs. They also lobbied on technology in education issues, and telecommunications infrastructure issues.

Other large payments for lobbying included Covington & Burling LLP receiving $690,000 from Qualcomm Inc. Dickstein Shapiro LLP received $500,000 from Lorillard Tobacco Company. McGuiness & Yager LLP received $490,000 from HR Policy Association. Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP was paid $420,000 by the TRGroup d/b/a Alliance for Competitive Taxation. Allegiance Strategies LLC received $400,000 from the Policy & Taxation Group.

Other lobbying firms being paid more than $100,000 a month during the first quarter include Patton Boggs LLP receiving $360,000 from Amazon Corporate LLC. The Carmen Group was paid $360,000 by Softbank Corporation. Venn Strategies LLC was paid $320,000 by theEmployee-Owned S Corps of America. K&L Gates received $320,000 from Verisign Inc. K&L Gates also received $300,000 from theRadian Group for lobbying. Alcalde & Fay was paid $300,000 by Cruise Lines International Association. Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC was paid $300,000 by the Toshiba Corporation.

To search detailed money-in-politics databases, visit Political MoneyLine.

  • YONATAN C

    The Republican party and their cronies have done themselves a great disservice by holding the extension bill hostage since late last December. While they continued delaying and rejecting each proposal submitted in the senate, millions of families have suffered adversely financially. Millions of families have faced eviction, home foreclosures, personal bankruptcy, and homelessness, while the republican senate played “party politics”, using these families as bargaining chips, for political leverage, to further their political agenda. These are people with children who are suffering for no fault of their own, because of lay offs and corporate downsizing. These are not the “lazy” unemployed workers depicted in the press by some republicans in the senate. It’s always easy to point blame at others for failures, rather to one’s own self for failed policies. Remember, it wasn’t the poor and unemployed that caused our economy “meltdown” several years ago. It was the greedy bankers that were responsible, and needed bailing out with taxpayer’s dollars. Which after the bail outs, gave each other huge bonuses. Now the republican party, with senators such as John Boehner, are holding the much needed help for these families as leverage for the passing of their OIL bill in the senate. Sadly, this is what it all comes down to. I hope the republicans are prepared for the tremendous backlash by these millions of families and their loved ones in the coming elections. They may not care at the moment, but I assure you that they will realized their mistake when the democrats win by another landslide. The republicans have proven themselves to represent only the interests of a chosen few in our great country.

  • Plow Comms

    Since each of us derives most of liberty’s benefits from the use of liberty by those unseen, others’ liberty is just as important as our own.

  • Poe Gromms

    Civilization depends upon favorable states of affairs, such as liberty, to unleash the forces of genius, innovation, and prosperity.

  • YONATAN C

    THE REPUBLICANS HAVE FAILED THE MORE THAN 2.6 MILLION OF UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES, WHO HAVE BEEN WITHOUT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS SINCE LAST DECEMBER. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE INTENTIONALLY DELAYED, AND STALLED OVER THE PAST FIVE MONTHS SO THAT THE EXTENSION BILL WILL BECOME TOO LATE TO PASS. THEY HAVE SHOWN A TOTAL LACK OF COMPASSION AND COMMON DECENCY, TOWARDS THESE MILLIONS OF STRUGGLING FAMILIES

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