Wednesday, September 05, 2007

$900,000 for Lobbying... the first half.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Rifle Association spent $900,000 to lobby the federal government in the first half of 2007, according to a recent disclosure form.

The group lobbied on various pieces of legislation including those dealing with concealed weapons, law enforcement officer safety, a ban on assault weapons and other matters, according to the form posted online Aug. 13 by the Senate's public records office.

The NRA has about 4 million members, including about three-quarters of gun maker Smith & Wesson Holdings Corp.'s 800 employees.

Besides Congress, the NRA lobbied the White House and the departments of Justice and Interior.

Under a federal law enacted in 1995, lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the executive and legislative branches. They must register with Congress within 45 days of being hired or engaging in lobbying.

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