Consumer Goods Industry – Q1 2012 Lobbying

Continuing our look at Q1 2012 lobbying data –  here is quick look at the lobbying efforts of some of the major consumer good companies.  Amazon and Home Depot saw a slight uptick in lobbying expenditures,  Nokia remained steady, while Target and Wal-Mart significantly decreased their lobbying efforts from the previous quarter. 

Amazon: Increased lobbying 6% from the previous quarter

  • Spent $690,000 in Q4 2012, up $40,000 from Q4 2011 when they spent $650,000
  • Lobbying issues: online infringement; taxes on remote sales; data protection and privacy; cyber-security

The Home Depot: Increased lobbying 4% from the previous quarter

  • Spent $280,000 in Q1 2012, up $10,000 from Q4 2011 when they spent $270,000.
  • Lobbying issues: Organized retail crime; H.R. 25 – Fair Tax Act of 2009; light bulb efficiency; Residential Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act

Nokia: Spent the same amount on lobbying as the previous quarter

  • Spent $160,000 in both Q1 2012 and Q4 2011.
  • Lobbying issues: Global Freedom Act H.R. 3605; Mobile Device Materials, Waste and Energy Issues, Wireless Technology Innovation and Evolution Issues – General Education

Target Corporation: Decreased lobbying 37% from the previous quarter

  • Spent $310,000 in Q1 2012, down $180,000 from Q4 2011 when they spent $490,000.
  • Lobbying issues: the Pharmacy Competition and Consumer Choice Act of 2011; comprehensive tax reform; privacy and data security

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.: Decreased lobbying 31% from the previous quarter

  • Spent $1,510,000 in Q1 2012, down $690,000 from Q4 2011 when they spent $2,200,000.
  • Lobbying issues: supply chain security issues; conflict minerals in the DRC;, women’s empowerment economic program; access and affordability of healthy food, providing access to healthy food in food desert areas; S. 27, Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act; Discussions regarding food development and security policy in Central America.

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