Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Chamber Spent $3 Billion Lobbying Last Year

USA Today reports that "Despite the sharp economic downturn, lobbying spending in the nation's capital surged past $3 billion last year as industries and special-interest groups wooed Congress and federal agencies on a host of issues, including taxpayer bailouts for financial companies and automakers." According to CQMoneyLine, the "U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent the most of any group, pumping more than $62 million into lobbying in 2008." The Chamber "pressed a range of issues, from opposing efforts making it easier for unions to organize to pushing Congress to pass a $700 billion bailout for the financial industry in October."

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