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3M spent $450,000 lobbying government in 2Q

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 8:45am
The Associated Press

3M Co., a maker of items ranging from Scotch Tape and Post-it Notes to roofing shingle granules, spent $450,000 in the second quarter lobbying the federal government on environmental issues, defense spending, chemical regulation and other issues, according to a recent disclosure form.

3M, based in Maplewood, Minn., also lobbied Congress on patent law changes and intellectual property issues related to green technology. Other issues included lobbying on laws governing disaster preparedness, influenza policy, and hospital infections. 3M products include respirators as well as health care products such as bandages and sanitizers.

Besides Congress, 3M lobbied the Defense Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Homeland Security.

The report filed July 20 with the House clerk's office covered the April-June period. The company spent $520,000 on lobbying during the same period a year earlier, and $460,000 in the first quarter.

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