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slides: Rhode Island’s Top 10 Spenders on Washington Lobbyists

Tuesday, December 04, 2012


Which companies, communities or groups have spent the most on Washington lobbyists since 2011? GoLocalProv has the breakdown.

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10) UFCW Local 328

Amount Spent Since 2011: $140,000

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union 328 represents approximately 12,000 members and is the largest local union in Southeastern New England. The union represents workers in Retail Food Service, Banking, Transportation, Manufacturing, Health Care, Barbers & Cosmetology and Recycling.

The union pays the Mayforth Group, LLC to focus on labor and workforce issues.

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8) The Moore Company

Amount Spent Since 2011: $150,000

The Westerly-based Moore Company is a group of capital-intensive manufacturing companies that invests in healthcare disposables, apparel, graphic arts, sporting goods, industrial power equipment, and marine products.

The company pays Boston-based ADS Ventures to focus on the defense industry.

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8) Newport Chamber

Amount Spent Since 2011: $150,000

This non-profit organization has over 1,100 member companies that employ more than 50,000 workers throughout Newport County and greater Rhode Island. The Chamber’s goal is to leverage the region’s core assets to find solutions in the areas that matter most to the business and community; quality jobs, quality growth and quality of life.

The Chamber pays the Mayforth Group, LLC to focus on appropriations.

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7) URI Research Foundatio

Amount Spent Since 2011: $210,00

The University of Rhode Island Research Foundation was established for the benefit and support of the University with such powers and purposes set forth that include the development of scientific research and technology, the commercialization of intellectual property and to aid and assist the University in the establishment, development and fostering of scientific research and technology that will further the learning opportunities, programs, services and enterprises of the University and State of Rhode Island.

URI pays Washington-based Van Scoyoc Associates to focus on Appropriations.

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6) Brown University

Amount Spent Since 2011: $245,509

Rhode Island’s most well-known University pays its own lobbyists to focus on higher education, biomedical research, science issues and appropriations. The University lists its lobbyist as Amy Carroll, Director of Government Relations & Community Affairs.

The $245,509 covers a portion of government relations director Amy Carroll's salary and a portion of annual dues it pays for membership in national professional organizations, which the university is required to report, according to spokesperson Darlene Trew Crist.

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5) Deepwater Wind

Amount Spent Since 2011: $260,000

Deepwater Wind is the United States leader in development of renewable, offshore wind-power projects.

The company pays the Abraham Group, the Mayforth Group, LLC  and ML Strategies to focus on offshore wind legislation and related tax provisions.

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4) Picerne Military Housi

Amount Spent Since 2011: $460,000

Picerne Military Housing is a fully integrated development, construction and property management firm, founded in 1998 to provide dramatically improved housing for America’s service members and their families. Through the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI), Picerne is partnered with the Army in the ownership of approximately 24,000 homes at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fort Bragg, Fort Meade, Fort Polk, Fort Riley, Fort Rucker and Fort Sill, and with the Air Force at Edwards AFB, Eglin AFB, Eielson AFB, Hurlburt Field, McConnell AFB, and Seymour Johnson AFB.

The company pays Etherton and Associates, Inc. and the Capitol City Group to monitor military family housing legislation and defense authorization legislation as it relates to authorization for military construction and housing.

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3) Hasbro

Amount Spent Since 2011: $700,000

Hasbro is a Fortune 100 company that offers toys and games, television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program. The company has created Mr. Potato Head, Transformers, G.I. Joe and Monopoly.

Hasbro pays the Washington-based Duberstein Group to focus on consumer issues, safety and products.

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Amount Spent Since 2011:$745,000

GTECH is a leading gaming technology and services company, providing innovative technology, creative content, and superior service delivery.

Over the last two years, the company has paid Douglas Davenport $745,000 to focus on federal internet gambling legislation.

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1) RBS Citizens

Amount Spent Since 2011: $1,810,000

RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is a $132 billion commercial bank holding company. It operates its branch network in 12 states and has non-branch retail and commercial offices in more than 30 states.

The parent company for Citizens Bank has spent double the amount of all other entities over the last two years. The company pays its own lobbyists to focus on financial instiutions, investments and securities.


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