Nowhere on TV do you see hosts and guests railing about corporate influence in politics more than on MSNBC (especially on Mondays on the Dylan Ratigan show, I'm one of the ones doing the railing). MSNBC is owned by two corporations, General Electric and Comcast.
Guess which two companies spent the most money on lobbying last quarter? GE and Comcast, which spent $6.8M and $4.9M, respectively. For GE, that's more than $3.25 million a month, or more than six figures per day.
The number one overall lobbyist, measured by dollars spent, is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which spent $9 million. The top single-industry lobbying groups are the Realtors, the drugmakers, and the cable industry.
Second-quarter lobbying filings were due yesterday. Here are some of the top spenders. First, the trade associations:
|Chamber of Commerce||$9,040,000|
|National Association of Realtors||$7,120,000|
|U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform||$5,610,000|
|Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America||$4,690,000|
|National Cable and Telecom Association||$4,370,000|
|American Medical Association||$4,340,000|
|American Hospital Association||$4,220,000|
|National Association of Broadcasters||$3,380,000|
|Edison Electric Institute||$3,230,000|
And now for individual companies: