Chart of the Day: The Biggest Lobbies Lobbying the Supercommittee

By Chris Good

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The "supercommittee" lobbying frenzy was easy to predict. Congress and the president tasked 12 lawmakers with trimming $1.5 trillion from the deficit by Nov. 23, leaving nearly every vested interest to fight for a favorable outcome.

Consequently, those interests have spent a lot on lobbying lately. The relentless data-miners at the Sunlight Foundation's Reporting Group have put together this handy list of everyone who disclosed, on quarterly disclosure forms released on Thursday, lobbying contact with the supercommittee. The dollar figures represent how much registrants and their clients spent on total lobbying in the third quarter -- not just on supercommittee lobbying. In some cases, these groups lobbied during the debt-limit negotiations, presumably for similar reasons.

Pfizer led the way in overall lobbying with over $3.3 million spent in the last three months. Some of that, though it's unclear how much, was to lobby the supercommittee.

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