Overall spending on federal lobbying is at its lowest level since at least 2010, with a third consecutive quarter of declining government advocacy expenses, according to a new Center for Responsive Politics analysis.
Organizations spent about $760 million during the third quarter of 2013 (July 1 to September 30). The sum is an almost $40 million decrease from the second quarter of 2013 and nearly $200 million less than the total for the first quarter of 2010. The $956.2 million tally for the first quarter of 2010 is the highest quarterly figure analyzed by the nonprofit organization, which studies the effect of money on the U.S. government.
Sarah Bryner, research director at the Center for Responsive Politics, said a lack of activity in Congress or a move toward unreported lobbying work could possibly explain the downslide. But the exact reason is unclear.