The organization “Open Secrets”, known for “tracking money in U.S. politics”, published that “federal lobbying spending tops $1 billion in the first quarter of 2023”. It reached $4.1 billion in 2022 — the highest since 2010.

First-quarter federal lobbying spending blew past $1 billion for the second year in a row, a new OpenSecrets analysis of 2023 federal lobbying disclosures found.

The federal budget and appropriations were the most lobbied issue as Congress grappled with the looming debt ceiling crisis, and players in the health sector, which spent more money on federal lobbying last quarter than any other sector, fought to keep cuts to Medicaid off the bargaining table.

During the first quarter of 2022, federal lobbyists reported receiving more than $1 billion in nominal dollars — not adjusted for inflation — for the first time ever in a single quarter. Total federal lobbying spending topped $4.1 billion last year, and first-quarter spending sets 2023 on track for another big year.

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Source: Open Secrets