The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its affiliated organizations doled out about $19.1 million on advocacy efforts during the past three months, spending roughly $2.3 million more than it did in the previous quarter, according to second-quarter lobbying reports filed with Congress as late as this week.
From April 1 to June 30, the world's largest business federation deployed more than 100 lobbyists to work on hundreds of bills and other matters for it and its Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, Institute for Legal Reform, and Global Intellectual Property Center. The Chamber's lobbying fell under dozens of categories and business sectors, including banking, telecommunications, and intellectual property.
But Blair Latoff Holmes, a Chamber spokeswoman, said immigration was among the leading issues for the group during the past three months. The organization pushed for the U.S. Senate's latest immigration reform bill, which was passed last month, and is working to help move similar legislation in the House of Representatives.