Food companies and venture capitalists aren't necessarily the first corporate interests you think of as affected by climate change legislation. But an analysis of lobbying records by the Center for Public Integrity (here via Politico) shows that the array of interests registered to lobby on the issue includes many companies not traditionally associated with it.
The center found that the overall number of businesses and groups lobbying on climate change has held steady. But the registrations by less traditional interests show "a host of smaller battles are brewing — sure to greatly complicate the already immense challenge of writing a successful bill," according to the story. These companies are drawn by the scope of the proposed legislation, which includes incentives for new types of energy, among other things.
This year's sweeping health-care overhaul also drew less traditional lobbying clients who wanted to protect highly specialized interests, as The National Law Journal reported here and here. The scores of small health care campaigns brought millions of dollars into K Streets coffers this year - and the climate change proposals could keep the money coming in 2010.