Energy and Health Care Industries Lobby Hard in Advance of Next Administration
The two areas where we can expect the next administration to usher in massive shifts in domestic policy are health care and climate change. This would definitely be true under an Obama Administration, and could well be true under a McCain one as well. The health care and energy industries aren't stupid; anticipating upcoming movement on their respective issues, they've put their lobbying efforts in hyperdrive to try and direct that movement.
CQ Politics charts the number of lobbying registrations filed in the first quarter of 2008 for each sector, and they come up with this:
Energy: 278 registered lobbyists
State or local gov't: 43
Business and retail: 27
Real estate and construction: 25
Organized labor: 16
Energy's new dominance knocks health care out of the top dog position. The pharmaceutical industry had a banner 2007, writes the Center for Public Integrity, putting together a record $168 million lobbying effort, according to a CPI analysis of federal lobbying data. Adds CPI, "the effort raised the amount spent by drug interests on federal lobbying in the past decade to more than $1 billion."
Top spenders within the sector in 2007: