XM Spent About $215,000 on Lobbying in First Quarter

Efforts aimed at FCC, Justice and Library of Congress.
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XM Satellite Radio spent $214,530 in the first quarter lobbying for regulatory approval of its acquisition by Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and on other issues.

That’s according to the Associated Press, which cited a recent disclosure report.

XM also lobbied on digital music copyright issues, according to the report filed with the House clerk’s office April 18. The company recently has settled copyright suits with several major record companies, which alleged that XM’s portable music player the Pioneer Inno violated copyright agreements because it allowed users to record songs.

Besides Congress, XM lobbied the Federal Communications Commission, Justice Department and the Library of Congress in the first three months of the year.


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