RIAA Drops $100,000 On Lobbying
August 22, 2007 at 5:44 AM (PT)
The RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA paid the ALPINE GROUP INC. $100,000 in the first half of 2007 to lobby the federal government, according to a disclosure form. Earlier this month, FORBES reported that CLEAR CHANNEL COMMUNICATIONS spent more than $1.2 million in the first half of 2007 to lobby the federal government (NET NEWS 8/13)
The RIAA lobbied on issues related to copyrights, Internet radio and piracy, according to the form posted online AUGUST 9th by the Senate's public records office.
ANSLEY ERDEL, former legislative assistant to Rep. NATHAN DEAL (R-GA) and KRISTIN SMITH, former legislative assistant to Sen. OLYMPIA SNOWE (R-ME), are among those registered to lobby on behalf of the RIAA. Under a federal law enacted in 1995, lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the executive and legislative branches. They must register with Congress within 45 days of being hired or engaging in lobbying.