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K Street Brought Out Big Guns to Kill DISCLOSE

Senate filings also detail how trade associations of all sizes worked vigorously to shape the bill, which went through numerous iterations in the House before passage there — and is likely to see many more if it is ever to pass the Senate. In addition to the chamber, big players such as the National Federation of Independent Business, AARP, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Association of Manufacturers reported official lobbying contacts with lawmakers, as did the National Rifle Association, which successfully lobbied for a carve-out in the House bill.

A Democratic lobbyist said the bulk of corporate outreach on the campaign finance bill was done primarily by companies based outside of the United States but that have substantial operations here. According to Senate filings, large international firms reported lobbying Members — or hiring others to do so — on the DISCLOSE Act in recent months, including Sony and Honda (Japan), the financial firm UBS (Switzerland) and drugmaker Novo Nordisk (Denmark). The lobbyist also speculated that many companies, particularly domestic firms, took a pass on the legislation.

“A lot of companies decided not spend political chits on it,” the lobbyist said.

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