By Kevin Bogardus - 10/20/11 04:14 PM EDT
The biggest lobbying force in Washington is spending significantly less on K Street.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, have spent a total of $45.8 million on lobbying so far this year, according to lobbying disclosure reports.
That's a big drop-off from this point in 2010, when the Chamber's lobbying totaled $78.6 million after three quarters.
Despite the decline in lobbying spending, a spokesman for the Chamber said the business group was pleased with what it was able to achieve this quarter, including the long-sought passage of three international trade agreements.
“The Chamber’s lobbying activity remained consistent with previous non-election years and resulted in a number of positive results for our members, including Congress passing the trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama. In a quarter where we rolled out an aggressive, six-point plan that would help grow the economy and create jobs, without increasing the deficit, it’s positive to see one of the major items come to fruition,” said J.P. Fielder, the Chamber spokesman.
The Chamber’s lobbying disclosure report for 2011’s third quarter said the business group lobbied on implementation of the Wall Street reform bill, on the patent reform bill and on the three trade deals, among many other issues.
Thursday is the deadline for the 2011 third-quarter lobbying reports under the Lobbying Disclosure Act.