The Men With Friends in High Places

September 1955
New Republic;9/5/55, Vol. 133 Issue 10, p5
This article presents the expenditure for the first half of 1954 for the lobbies. The comparatively low expenditures reported by the lobbies for the first half of this year $362,341.27 less than in the corresponding period of 1954 is not due to any relaxation by the assorted pressure groups to influence legislation. The smaller figures are the result of last year's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court which upheld the constitutionality of the Federal Regulation of Lobbying Act but interpreted its scope very narrowly. The court ruled that the law applied only to persons who have received contributions for the specific purpose of influencing federal legislation; further- more, these individuals must have tried to accomplish their goals by direct communication with members of the U.S. Congress.


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