Mining trade group spent $1.16M on 2Q lobbying

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Posted: Aug 23, 2011 5:37 PM
Mining trade group spent $1.16M on 2Q lobbying

The National Mining Association spent $1.16 million in the second quarter to lobby the government on issues ranging from funding for federal agencies to mine safety, according to a disclosure report.

The total compared with $805,670 that the trade group spent on lobbying in the year-ago quarter and $1.05 million it spent in the first quarter.

From April through June, the trade association lobbied on funding proposals for the Mine Safety Health Administration and the Defense Department among others. It also discussed protections for mining jobs, energy related taxes, greenhouse gas regulations and mine safety.

Other topics included the elimination of double subsidies for the hardrock mining industry, the designation of national monuments and wildlands policy.

The association lobbied the House of Representatives, the Senate and a number of agencies, including the departments of Interior and Labor, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Management and Budget and the Army Corps of Engineers, according to the July 20 report filed with the House clerk's office.