Apple’s Q1 lobbying spending was its highest ever for a quarter

Apple set a record in its spending on lobbying in this year's first quarter, with its Q1 outlay of $2.5 million ranking as the most the Silicon Valley giant has ever shelled out to influence Washington in a single three-month period. Read More...

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Plan to ban menthol cigarettes prompts late lobbying blitz

As federal officials finalize a long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes, dozens of interest groups have met with White House staffers to try to influence the process, which has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives while wiping out billions in tobacco sales. Biden administration officials have heard from tobacco lobbyists, anti-smoking advocates, civil rights groups, small business owners and conservative think tanks. The lobbying push underscores the far-reaching impacts of banning menthol, which accounts for over one-third of the U.S. cigarette market.

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