Record Amounts Spent by Three Top Lobbying Groups in Q2, 2015

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July 30, 2015 -- MapLight has released an analysis on the 10 organizations that spent most on lobbying Congress and federal agencies between April 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015.

Which three organizations spent record amounts on lobbying in quarter two of 2015?

 
 

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H.R. 2048 (114th) - USA FREEDOM Act of 2015

Armed forces and national security

The bill has become law.

To reform the authorities of the Federal Government to require the production of certain business records, conduct electronic surveillance, use pen registers and trap and trace devices, and use other forms of information gathering for foreign intelligence, counterterrorism, and criminal purposes, and for other purposes.

House Vote: On Passage PASSED on May 13, 2015 voted YES: 338voted NO: 88
22% more $
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H.R. 1560 (114th) - Protecting Cyber Networks Act

Armed forces and national security

The bill was voted on in the House on April 22, 2015

To improve cybersecurity in the United States through enhanced sharing of information about cybersecurity threats, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to enhance multi-directional sharing of information related to cybersecurity risks and strengthen privacy and civil liberties protections, and for other purposes.

House Vote: On Passage PASSED on April 22, 2015 voted YES: 307voted NO: 116
8.1 times as much $
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S. 632 (114th) - STRONG Patents Act of 2015

Commerce

The bill has been referred to committee.

A bill to strengthen the position of the United States as the world's leading innovator by amending title 35, United States Code, to protect the property rights of the inventors that grow the country's economy.

185% more $
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S. 698 (114th) - Marketplace Fairness Act

Taxation

The bill has been referred to committee.

A bill to restore States' sovereign rights to enforce State and local sales and use tax laws, and for other purposes.

61 times as much $
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H.R. 5 (114th) - Student Success Act

Education

The bill was voted on in the House on July 8, 2015

To support State and local accountability for public education, protect State and local authority, inform parents of the performance of their children's schools, and for other purposes.

H.R. 527 (114th) - Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015

Commerce

The bill was voted on in the House on February 5, 2015

To amend chapter 6 of title 5, United States Code (commonly known as the Regulatory Flexibility Act), to ensure complete analysis of potential impacts on small entities of rules, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1599 (114th) - The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

Agriculture and food

The bill was voted on in the House on July 23, 2015

To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to food produced from, containing, or consisting of a bioengineered organism, the labeling of natural foods, and for other purposes.

3.6 times as much $
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H.R. 351 (114th) - LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act

Energy

The bill was voted on in the House on January 28, 2015

To provide for expedited approval of exportation of natural gas, and for other purposes.

House Vote: On Passage PASSED on January 28, 2015 voted YES: 277voted NO: 133
4.0 times as much $
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S. 1 (114th) - Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act

Energy

The president has vetoed the bill.

A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

H.R. 37 (114th) - Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act

Finance and financial sector

The bill was voted on in the House on January 14, 2015

To make technical corrections to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, to enhance the ability of small and emerging growth companies to access capital through public and private markets, to reduce regulatory burdens, and for other purposes.

House Vote: On Passage PASSED on January 14, 2015 voted YES: 271voted NO: 154
16% more $
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H.R. 9 (114th) - The Innovation Act

Commerce

The bill has passed through committee and has been put on a legislative calendar.

To amend title 35, United States Code, and the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act to make improvements and technical corrections, and for other purposes.

49% more $
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