Healthy Lobbying of the Super Committee
The healthcare industry is dominating lobbying activity before the Super Committee, according to third quarter lobbying reports. Almost 30 percent of the organizations that reported lobbying the Super Committee represent healthcare companies or associations. Together, the 61 healthcare companies and associations have spent more than $10 million on lobbying. Add in single-issue healthcare groups (such as the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the National Kidney Foundation), and a total of 74 groups (more than a third of the total) lobbying the committee work on health issues.
Other leading industries flexing their lobbying muscle are the communications/electronics industry (20 filings and $7.1 million in lobbying spending between them) and the finance/insurance/real estate industry (18 filings and $5.5 million in lobbying spending). Taken together, the three industries mentioned represent almost half of the organizations and more than half of the lobbying muscle aimed at shaping the decisions of the super committee.
Other ideological groups filed 15 relevant reports and disclosed spending $3.9 million on these issues and others. This includes such groups as AARP (which spent $2.75 million), Planned Parenthood, the National Taxpayers Unions and the American Civil Liberties Union.
What’s also telling is who’s not putting effort into lobbying the committee. Only four filings represent the defense sector, despite the major cuts to defense spending looming if the super committee cannot reach an agreement by the Thanksgiving deadline. Additionally, only four filings represent agribusiness, despite threatened cuts to agricultural spending programs.
Anupama Narayanswamy with the Sunlight Foundation’s Reporting Group wrote about the entities that disclosed lobbying the super committee last week. Her article provides a link to all the organizations filing lobbying reports linked to the super committee.