Dow Chemical spent $1.4M lobbying gov't in 3Q

AP News
Posted: Dec 02, 2009 10:08 AM

Manufacturing giant Dow Chemical Co. spent $1.4 million in the third quarter to lobby on transportation, health reform and other issues, according to a recent disclosure report.

The Midland, Mich.-based manufacturer lobbied on legislation that dealt with surface transportation reauthorization, railroad antitrust, toxic substances and chemical security.

It also lobbied on climate change, pensions and issues related to credit markets, according to a report filed Oct. 20 at the House clerk's office.

Dow Chemical lobbied Congress and federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and Treasury Department in the July-September period.

The global economic downturn has been particularly difficult on chemical manufacturers because their products are used in many consumer goods. Companies and consumers have slashed spending wherever possible, which cuts directly into sales for companies like Dow and DuPont.