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Frank Bernheisel: The View From Here
Frank Bernheisel
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Frank Bernheisel
Posted 04.17.08
Just Outside Washington

FRANK BERNHEISEL

Follow the (lobbying) money

The lobbying industry in Washington had another great year growing by 7.7 percent. (My 401K should do so well.) It is probably just a coincidence that since George Bush became President, lobbying expenditures have almost doubled from $1.5 billion to $2.8 billion last year.

So where did all the money come from? The Washington Post, the only paper with all the political scores, recently provided the following:

US Chamber of Commerce -- $52.75 M
General Electric -- $23.63 M
Pharmaceutical Research & Mfg. -- $22.73 M (push those drugs!)
American Medical Association -- $22.13 M (no, no...not health care for everyone)
American Hospital Association -- $19.73 M
AARP -- $19.54 M (I'm glad I do not belong)
Exxon Mobil -- $16.94 M (keep those oil subsidies flowing) AT&T -- $16.94 M Amgen -- $16.26 M (at least seven ex-Congressmen push these drugs)
General Motors -- $14.56 M
Southern Company -- $14.56 M
National Association of Realtors -- $13.86 M (you canŐt blame this mess on us)
Pfizer -- $13.80 M
National Cable & Telecommunications Association -- $13.02 M Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers -- $12.84 M
Verizon Communications -- $12.70 M
Northrop Grumman -- $10.88 M
American International Group -- $10.70 M
Boeing -- $10.64 M
Lockheed Martin -- $10.41 M

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