While the political fortunes of the nation's presidential aspirants are certain to swing as the race for the White House heats up, one feature of life in Washington, D.C., remains constant: Money makes the world go around.
Between April and June, the top three lobbyists -- the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Medical Association and Boeing (BA) -- spent a record $14.4 million on Capitol Hill in courting the nation's lawmakers, reports MapLight, citing federal disclosure records.
The big spenders? Business. The top 10 lobbying groups for the quarter all represent corporate interests, spending a combined $86.8 million over that three-month span, according to the not-for-profit research firm, which tracks money in politics.
One company new to the list is Google (GOOG). Congressional disclosures show the Internet giant forked out $4.6 million to lobby on issues ranging from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed trade agreement backed by the Obama administration, to intellectual property rules and transparency issues related to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Other players in the top 10 include General Electric (GE), the National Association of Realtors, the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Hospital Association.