Dow spent $2m on lobbying in 1st quarter of 2010

The Dow Chemical Co. spent $2 million in the first quarter to lobby Congress and several federal agencies on issues ranging energy efficiency to health reform, according to a recent disclosure report.

The chemical manufacturer’s total lobbying cost was about 15.6 percent more than the $1.74 million it spent in the same quarter a year ago and 23 percent more than the $1.63 million it spent in the fourth quarter of 2009.

From January to March, Dow Chemical addressed legislation on toxic substances, energy efficiency, taxes and health reform, according to report filed April 20 at the House clerk’s office.

It also lobbied on pensions, advanced vehicle research and issues related to the credit markets.

In addition to Congress, Dow Chemical lobbied a number of federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the White House and the Commerce, Treasury and State departments.

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