Lobbying Industries Biggest Spenders Top $5 Million in Q1 2012

Six organizations spent over $5 million on their lobbying in Q1 2012, making them the top lobbying organizations.  Three of the organizations each increased their lobbying spending by over 34%.  The America Invents Act is the only piece of legislation that has been lobbied by each of these organizations in 2012.

AT&T: Increased lobbying by 66% from previous quarter

  • Spent $7,050,000 in Q1 2012, up $2,810,000 from Q4 2011 when they spent $4,240,000
  • Lobbying issues: S.968 PROTECT IP Act, H. R. 3261 Stop Online Privacy Act; S. 248 Empowering States to Innovate Act; H.R. 942 America Research and Competitiveness Act of 2011; H.R. 689 – The 21st Century  Investment Act of 2011; S.  727 Bipartisan Tax Fairness and Simplification Act of 2011; H.R. 3630 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012;  H.R. 1773 – Made in America Act of 2011; H.R. 607/S. 1040 Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011; S. 1223 – Location Privacy Protection Act; HR 3674 – Promoting and Enhancing Cybersecurity Information Sharing Effectiveness Act

Chamber of Commerce: Increased lobbying by 42% from previous quarter

  • Spent  $20,200,000 in Q1 2012, up $5,950,000 from Q4 2011 when they spent $14,250,000
  • Lobbying issues: H.R. 1447, Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2011; S. 1546, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act of 2011; H.R. 1082, Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act; H.R. 2940, Access to Capital for Job Creators Act; S. 1824, Private Company Flexibility and Growth Act; Fiscal Year 2013 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act; H.R. 1837, San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act; H.R. 2682, Business Risk Mitigation and Price Stabilization Act of 2011; H.R. 1519 / S. 797, Paycheck Fairness Act; H.R. 3699, Research Works Act; H.R. 3699, Research Works Act; H.R. 3596, United States Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act; H.R. 3408, PIONEERS Act; H.R. 1904, Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011; H.R. 1610, Business Risk Mitigation and Price Stabilization Act of 2011; H.R. 3634, Federal Prison Industries Competition in Contracting Act of 2011; S. 952 , DREAM Act of 2011; H.R. 2854, Employer Free Choice Act; H.R. 2941 / S. 1962, Startup Expansion and Investment Act; S. 1408, Data Breach Notification Act of 2011; H.R. 572, Clean Ports Act of 2011

General Electric: Decreased lobbying by 2% from previous quarter

  • Spent $5,330,000 in Q1 2012, down $140,000 when they spent $5,470,000 in Q4 2011
  • Lobbying issues: S. 223 FAA Air Transportation and Safety Improvement Act; S. 787 Clean Water Restoration Act; Patent Reform Implementation; Defense Appropriations FY 2013; S 3635 Energy Water Appropriations; S. 2201 American Energy and Job Promotion Act; H.R. 1280 Amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to require Congressional approval of agreements for peaceful nuclear cooperation with foreign countries, and for other purposes; H.R.  3862 Sunshine for Regulating Decrees and Settlements Act of 2012; H.R. 940 The United States Covered Bonds Act of 2011; H.R. 2533 The Chapter 11 Venue Reform Act of 2011; S. 17 Medical Device Access and Innovation Protection Act of 2011; H.R. 3207 Modernizing Laboratory Test Standards for Patient Act of 2011; Russian PNTR; H.R. 3094 Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act

Google: Increased lobbying by 34% from previous quarter

  • Spent $5,030,000 in Q1 2012, up $1,270,000 from Q4 2011 when they spent $3,760,000
  • Lobbying issues: S. 978 – Commercial Felony Streaming Act; S. 23 and H.R. 1249 – America Invents Act; H.R. 654 – Do Not Track Me Online Act; H.R. 2164 – Legal Workforce Act; H.R. 1002 – Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011; Google Maps and Google Earth Issues

National Association of Realtors: Decreased lobbying by 1% from previous quarter

  • Spent $6,060,000 in Q1 2012, down $40,000 from Q4 2011, when they spent $6,100,000
  • Lobbying issues: S. 297 Antideficiency Act; S. 315 Permanent Internet Tax Freedom of 2011; S. 74 Internet Freedom, Broadband Promotion, and Consumer Protection Act of 2011; S. 1151 Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2011; H.R. 1309 Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011; H. R. 438 Energy Star Improvements of 2011; H.R. 750 Defending America’s Affordable Energy and Jobs Act; S. 509 Small Business Lending Enhancement Act of 2011; H. R. 1723 Common Sense Economic Recovery Act of 2011; S. 202 Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2011; H.R. 4323 Consumer Mortgage Choice Act; S.1746 / H.R. 3341 Visa Improvements to Stimulate International Tourism to the United States America Act (VISIT USA Act); S. 13 / H. R. 25 Fair Tax Act of 2011; S. 2122 Defense of Environment and Property Act of 2012; S. 1056 / H. R. 1780 Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011; Discussions with the Department of Housing and Urban Development  (HUD) on bed bug issues

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America: Increased lobbying by 10% from previous quarter

  • Spent $5,310,000 in Q1 2012, up $490 000 from Q4 2011, when they spent $4,820,000
  • Lobbying issues: H.R. 741 To amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to prohibit the marketing of authorized generics: Provisions related to authorized genetics; H.R. 3995 Protect Consumer Access to Generic Drugs Act: Provisions related to patent settlements; H.R. 1483 Drug Safety Enhancement Act of 2011: Provisions related to supply chain issues; H. R. 3839  Drug Shortage Prevention Act of 2012: Provisions related to drug prescription shortages; S. 1699 Prescription Drug Cost Reduction Act: All provisions including Medicare Part B and 340B; Russia Permanent Normal Trade Relations  (PNTR)

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