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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Banks Find Extra Money to Hire Lobbyists

By Andrew Dunn, McClatchy/Tribune news

November 29, 2011

CHARLOTTE,NC

— The money banks spend on lobbying is on pace to reach a record high again this year as the industry battles to weaken or repeal hundreds of rules being crafted by federal regulators...

Spending on lobbyists

These figures from the Senate lobbying disclosure website highlight the top four lobbying organizations, plus Bank of America, which is seventh. Figures for 2011 include the first three quarters only.

American Bankers Association

•2010: $6,040,000

•2011: $6,690,000

Wells Fargo & Co.

•2010: $3,260,000

•2011: $5,890,000

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

•2010: $5,770,000

•2011: $5,800,000

Citigroup Inc.

•2010: $4,120,000

•2011: $3,800,000

Bank of America Corp.

•2010: $2,720,000

•2011: $2,210,000


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