In an election that saw unprecedented amounts of money, the National Turkey Federation set a fundraising record of its own, bringing in more than $310,000 and directing the bulk of its contributions toward Republican candidates and committees, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
The top recipients in the House were Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who received $8,000, and Reps. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), who received $6,000 each. In the Senate, the top recipient, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), got $5,500 from the group.
On the lobbying front, the group was less active this year compared to past years. It has spent $105,000 so far this year – significantly less than the $320,000 it spent each year in 2008 and 2009.
Another group, the National Wild Turkey Federation, which spent a record $160,000 on lobbying last year, has spent another $120,000 so far this year. Both groups have lobbied on conservation issues, among others.
Arguably the most crucial side ingredient of the feast, cranberries, had a not-so-crucial lobbying year. The major cranberry players – the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association, Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association and National Cranberry Growers Association – all spent insignificant amounts on lobbying this year.
The biggest Thanksgiving-related lobby is unrelated to the feast, but for many, it’s the best part of the day: football. The National Football League has spent $840,000 so far this year on lobbying the federal government – half the amount it spent last year. The league has lobbied on legislation related to labor agreements and collective bargaining, performance enhancing drugs and head injuries.
Via POLITICO Influence.