Real Estate Roundtable spent $690k lobbying in 2Q

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Posted: Aug 12, 2011 11:51 PM
Real Estate Roundtable spent $690k lobbying in 2Q

The Real Estate Roundtable, which represents commercial property owners, spent $690,000 in the second quarter lobbying federal officials on issues including Wall Street reform and the disposal of underused federal properties.

That's down about 15 percent from the $810,000 the group spent in the first quarter, and down about 26 percent from the $930,000 it spent in the year-ago period, according to a disclosure report filed on July 20.

The group lobbied the federal government on a broad slate of issues during the April to June period, including clean air and water quality, reform of government-sponsored enterprises such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, lead-paint regulations, building codes, energy efficiency incentives, accounting, climate change, taxes, terrorism, insurance and immigration.

Other issues the group worked on included the Endangered Species Act and "green" real estate appraisals.

In addition to Congress, the group lobbied the White House, Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Internal Revenue Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the departments of the Army Corps of Engineers, Energy, Commerce, Treasury, Interior, Labor, Justice, State, and Homeland Security.