The Chamber of Commerce of the U.S . reported it spent almost $19 million on lobbying the federal government during the first quarter of the year.
The Chamber reported spending $18,960,000 in the first three months of the year, an increase from the $16,490,000 spent in the fourth quarter of 2013, when they were the organization that spent the most on lobbying.
The Chamber's extensive report discloses a broad range of issues and legislation they are concerned about. The report itemizes the general issues, and details the specific lobbying issues and bills on which they lobby. Individual lobbyists are also identified.
Updated pm 4/21: An affiliated entity, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform reported it spent $6,240,000 during the first quarter. In the fourth quarter of 2013 they reported spending $5,810,000.
The first quarter reports are due on April 21st. Other selected filings received include The Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) who reported spending $4,680,000 - an increase from the $4,050,000 they spent n the fourth quarter of 2013.
The Dow Chemical Company reported spending $5,100,000 in the first quarter, a big jump up from the $1,530,000 they spent in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The Business Roundtable reported spending $4,230,000 - a small increase from the $4,150,000 they spent in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The General Dynamics Corporation reported spending $2,402,073 - a decrease from the $3,265,010 they spent in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The Lockheed Martin Corporation reported spending $3,370,000 - a small increase from the $3,350,000 they spent in the fourth quarter of 2013.