August 28th, 2011

Food Marketing Institute spent $610K lobbying

Business Week

Food Marketing Institute spent $610,000 lobbying federal officials during the second quarter on issues from agriculture and taxes to food safety, debit card fees and supermarket loyalty cards, according to a recent disclosure report.

The group, which represents roughly 1,500 food retailers and wholesalers, spent $280,000 lobbying in the first quarter of this year and $337,000 in the second quarter last year.

Besides Congress, the trade group lobbied the Department of Justice, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Agriculture and other agencies in April through June, according to a report it filed July 20 with the House clerk’s office.

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