Groups spent record $4.2 billion in 2023 lobbying federal lawmakers, report says (NBC News)

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    Groups spent record $4.2 billion in 2023 lobbying federal lawmakers, report says – By Alexandra Chaidez (NBC News) / Jan 27, 2024

    According to OpenSecrets, the pharmaceutical and health products sector spent the most at both the federal and state levels trying to influence lawmakers.

    Interest groups spent a record $4.2 billion lobbying federal lawmakers in 2023, led by the pharmaceutical and health products industries, according to a new report by OpenSecrets.

    According to the D.C.-based nonprofit, which tracks money in politics, “health companies spent more than any other sector in 2023 with federal lobbying spending topping $739 million for the year.”

    Health industries are also top spenders at the state level, according to the report, “continuing a trend that started in 2019.”

    The single group that spent the most money on lobbying, however, was the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which spent $69 million on federal lobbying in 2023. The runner-up was the National Association of Realtors at $52 million. But both groups spent significantly less than in 2022, when the National Association of Realtors was in first place with $82 million, followed closely by the Chamber of Commerce at $81 million.

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