Updated 3:35 p.m.
Holland & Hart last week notified Congress that it is lobbying for a major nonprofit public interest group on a food safety statute.
The Pew Charitable Trusts hired the firm to help secure funds for the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, according to lobbying registration paperwork. The Pew-backed statute, which President Barack Obama signed into law in January 2011, is intended to make the U.S. Food and Drug Administration a proactive force in combatting food contamination, moving the agency's focus from reactive plans to preventive measures.
The Senate Appropriations Committee last month approved a fiscal 2013 spending bill that would give the FDA $12.5 million for the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The panel’s House counterpart has yet to mark up a fiscal 2013 spending bill that addresses FDA funding.
Johnson said she isn't content with the $12.5 million funding proposal.
"We're trying to get more money," Johnson said. But she declined to identify a specific amount.
Pew spent $640,000 on its federal government advocacy efforts during the first three months of this year, according to the organization’s most recent congressional report on its lobbying activities.