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.
Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, arrives for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the investigation of the IRS' targeting of political groups. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not testify and caused a protest from some committee members when she offered an opening statement and engaged in dialogue with members before invoking the right.
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