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Lobbying by Foreign Countries Decreases

As is often the case with foreign countries, those with little often have to lobby the most. Liberia has endured several economic issues during the past decade, including a civil war. In 2010, it lobbied Congress on debt relief, litigation and defense issues.

Cote d’Ivoire, commonly known as the Ivory Coast, came out of nowhere to spend $6.1 million in 2010, according to the DOJ. The country, located on Liberia’s southern border, spent just $56,000 in 2009.

The Marshall Islands also spent more, boosting its spending by 135 percent last year as its lobbying expenditures rose to almost $8.8 million in 2010.

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