Twenty-One Organizations Spend More Than $1 Million a Month Lobbying

Lobbying the federal government is a big business with twenty-one companies and trade associations spending over $1 million a month lobbying during the third quarter.

Organizations are required to disclose how much they spend on lobbying the executive and legislative branches and describe the issues that are lobbied. New reports covering activity in the third quarter of 2013 show that twenty-0ne companies and trade associations had spent more than $3 million during the quarter, averaging over $1 million a month.

During the second quarter of 2013 there were 21 spending over $1 million a month. Dropping below that threshold in the third quarter was Exxon Mobil spending $2,730,000; General Dynamics spending $2,254,157; Koch Companies spending $2,140,000; and the National Assn. for Gun Rights spending $1,030,000. Added to the list in the third quarter was the Grocery Manufacturers Assn. spending $7,470,000; Open Society Policy Center spending $3,900,000; the CTIA-The Wireless Association spending $3,130,000; and the American Chemistry Council spending $4,750,000.

The Top Organizations Lobbying in the Third Quarter of 2013:
1.   Chamber of Commerce of the U.S. $12,160,000 - down from $13,970,000 in Q2.
2.   National Assn. of Realtors $8,240,000 - down from $9,140,000 in Q2.
3.   Grocery Manufacturers Assn. $7,470,000 - up from $640,000 in Q2.
4.   American Chemistry Council $4,750,000 - up from 2,850,000 in Q2.
5.   Natl Cable & Telecommunications Assn. $4,440,000 - down from $4,660,000 in Q2.
6.   AT&T Services &Affiliates $4,300,000 -up from $3,740,00 in Q2.
7.   American Medical Assn. $4,270,000 - up from $4,120,000 in Q2.
8.   Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers $4,020,000 - down from $4,400,000 in Q2.
9.   Comcast $3,980,000 - down from $5,470,000 in Q2.
10. Open Society Policy Center $3,900,000 - up from $1,240,000 in Q2.
11. Northrop Grumman $3,800,000 - up from $3,430,000 in Q2.
12. Boeing Co. $3,790,000 - down from $3,940,000 in Q2.
13. American Hospital Assn. $3,750,000 - down from $4,450,000 in Q2.
14. US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform $3,690,000 - down from $4,930,000 in Q2.
15. Lockheed Martin $3,460,000 - down from $3,880,000 in Q2.
16. General Electric $3,420,000 - down from $3,630,000 in Q2.
17. Google $3,370,000 - up from $3,360,000 in Q2.
18. Natl Assn. of Broadcasters $3,260,000 - up from $3,190,000 in Q2.
19. CTIA - The Wireless Assn. $3,130,000 - up from $1,890,000 in Q2.
20. FedEx $3,041,394 - down from $3,089,644 in Q2.
21. Verizon Communications $3,040,000 - down from $3,270,000 in Q2.
Updated 10/22