Lobbying falls for third year in a row

Lobbying spending dropped again in 2013, according to a new report by a campaign finance watchdog group.

The Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) found Wednesday that total spending on lobbying came to $3.21 billion in 2013. That is almost a 3 percent decline from K Street’s take of $3.31 billion in 2012.

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Lobbying spending has now fallen three years in a row, according to CRP.

The group also found the overall number of registered lobbyists fell as well. There were 12,283 registered lobbyists last year, according to disclosure records. That is below the total of 12,436 in 2012.

Last week, The Hill found that several of the influence industry’s biggest names had little to cheer, when it came to lobbying revenue. Many big firms reported declines in their lobbying fees.

Lobbyists have complained of gridlock on Capitol Hill, slowing legislation and giving them little to lobby on — and then less to bill their clients. K Street is hoping a return to “regular order” in 2014 will lead to a reversal in their fortunes.

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