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Chamber’s Election-Year Spending Tops Quarterly Lobbying Disclosures

A similar story played out at Venable LLP, which reported a $2.7 million in the second quarter for a combined $5.3 for the first half of the year. K&L Gates reported $4.6 million in revenue in the second quarter, about the same as the previous quarter and roughly on par with last year.

Van Scoyoc Associates reported $6 million in LDA revenue, up $1 million from the first quarter. Still, the firm, another top five shop last year, was not able to match its 2011 mid-year revenues of $12.4 million.

As of 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 71 firms, trade associations and corporations reported spending more than $1 million trying to influence Congress and the administration in the second quarter of 2012. In the first quarter of this year, 143 organizations reported spending more than $1 million.

Second quarter forms were due at midnight Friday and reports from many of the biggest spenders, including the National Association of Realtors, Pfizer, Exelon, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Verizon and Comcast, had not been posted as of 7:30 p.m.

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