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By Kent Cooper Posted at 10:12 a.m. on June 10, 2013
The American Crystal Sugar Company PAC sprinkled almost a quarter-million dollars over members of Congress during May, just as the farm bill was being passed by the House and Senate Agriculture committees and moving to the floor for final action. The Senate expects final passage to come tonight.
The PAC reported giving $247,500 to 67 members of Congress, most getting $5,000 each. This is the largest monthly amount they have given out since March 2010.
The PAC reported giving $165,000 during April; $152,500 in March; $177,500 in February; and $115,000 in January. The PAC reported giving out $2,352,000 in 2011-2012.
The American Crystal Sugar Company reported spending $1,004,117 on lobbying during the first quarter of 2013. The company spent $1,315,602 on lobbying in all of 2012.
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Kent Cooper has been uncovering and counting political money since 1972, when new disclosure laws took effect. He was assistant staff director for the Federal Election Commission's disclosure office for 22 years.
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