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NAB Spent $3 Million in Lobbying in Q2

Year to date, pace is ahead of 2009

The National Association of Broadcasters spent about $3 million in lobbying the federal government in the second quarter of the year, and it is pacing ahead of last year’s rate of spending on influencing the regulatory process.

For 2010, at mid-year NAB’s total is $6.58 million, compared to $5.86 million at this time last year.

According to its latest lobbying report filed with Congress, NAB’s radio-related issues in Q2 included performance rights, spectrum allocation, inclusion of FM chips in mobile phones, the Local Community Radio Act, next-generation emergency alerting, antenna structure rules, broadband policies, broadcast localism, LPFM, digital radio, migratory birds vs. towers, ownership diversification and election spending.

In addition to lobbying in the U.S. House and Senate, NAB officials pressed their causes with the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Trade Commission, Small Business Administration, General Accounting Office and National Economic Council.

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