Top News July 30, 2009

Big Spenders

The number of lobbyists fell slightly and overall lobbying spending stayed flat compared to the first half of 2008, but some groups increased spending dramatically—especially those in health care and energy, the focus of Obama's biggest legislative initiatives. Of the 100 biggest lobbying clients, spending by these companies grew the fastest:

Source: Center for Responsive Politics

Company/Organization June 30, 2009 Increase Since June 30, 2008
Koch Companies Public Sector $ 3,930,000 13000.0%
American Wind Energy Assn $ 3,666,852 403.1%
Dow Chemical $ 3,285,000 118.7%
ConocoPhillips $ 9,250,928 108.5%
CVS/Caremark Corp $ 4,040,000 108.4%
Chevron Corp $12,815,000 104.3%
Pfizer Inc $11,720,000 100.0%
Johnson & Johnson $ 3,350,000 97.1%
National Amusements Inc $ 3,350,000 76.3%
American Petroleum Institute $ 3,670,000 60.3%
Reynolds American $ 2,809,745 55.5%
Northwestern Mutual $ 3,030,000 55.3%
Marathon Oil $ 5,440,000 53.2%
Pharmaceutical Rsrch & Mfrs of America $13,060,000 51.3%
Business Roundtable $ 7,360,000 47.8%
BP $ 7,640,000 46.4%
Honeywell International $ 3,452,000 45.0%
FedEx Corp $ 6,620,000 40.4%
New York Life Insurance $ 3,300,000 39.8%
National Assn of Realtors $ 9,617,000 38.6%
American Electric Power $ 4,582,293 37.1%
Prudential $ 4,036,000 34.0%
GlaxoSmithKline $ 4,060,000 33.6%
Bayer AG $ 3,998,512 29.0%
Monsanto Co $ 4,174,000 28.0%
Merck KGaA $ 4,090,000 27.8%
Credit Union National Assn $ 2,719,000 27.6%
Edison Electric Institute $ 5,150,000 23.4%
Independent Community Bankers of America $ 2,540,000 23.3%
Distilled Spirits Council $ 2,440,000 22.6%
Blue Cross/Blue Shield $ 9,489,747 22.6%
Visa Inc $ 2,880,000 22.6%
General Electric $12,316,000 22.4%
JPMorgan Chase & Co $ 3,070,000 22.3%
Eli Lilly & Co $ 7,030,000 22.2%
Novartis AG $ 3,155,670 21.5%
Assn of American Railroads $ 5,519,090 21.5%
Sanofi-Aventis $ 4,251,000 19.1%
Qualcomm Inc $ 3,080,000 18.9%
Raytheon Co $ 3,110,000 16.9%
Exxon Mobil $13,590,000 15.8%
Time Warner $ 4,505,591 15.1%
General Dynamics $ 4,748,253 15.0%
Amgen Inc $ 6,150,000 14.5%
National Rural Electric Cooperative Assn $ 2,580,000 14.3%
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp $ 3,240,000 13.7%
Wal-Mart Stores $ 4,180,000 13.6%
Southern Co $ 6,420,000 13.4%
Recording Industry Assn of America $ 3,426,798 12.7%
Zurich Financial Services $ 2,663,000 11.4%

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