8 Banks That Lobbied The Hell Out Of Washington

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Obama may be visiting the banks, but they’ve been visiting him for months anyways.

Lobbying expenditures jumped 16% among the eight financial firms that spent the most on lobbying, according to opensecrets.org.

The top eight spent $31 million on official lobbying.

That figure may be a pittance on Wall Street, but it probably buys a fair share of loopholes in Washington. So think of it this way… their return on lobbying investment must be enormous.

Goldman Sachs

2009 Lobbying: $2.8 million

2008 Lobbying: $3.4 million

Source: OpenSecrets.org

Blackstone Group

2009 Lobbying: $2.8 million

2008 Lobbying: $2.6 million

Source: OpenSecrets.org

Apollo Management

2009 Lobbying: $2.9 million

2008 Lobbying: $0.5 million

Source: OpenSecrets.org

Wells Fargo

2009 Lobbying: $2.9 million

2008 Lobbying: $2.3 million

Source: OpenSecrets.org

Bank of America

2009 Lobbying: $3.6 million

2008 Lobbying: $4.0 million

Source: OpenSecrets.org

Morgan Stanley

2009 Lobbying: $4.4 million

2008 Lobbying: $3.1 million

Source: OpenSecrets.org

Citigroup

2009 Lobbying: $5.5 million

2008 Lobbying: $5.5 million

Source: OpenSecrets.org

JPMorgan Chase & Co

2009 Lobbying: $6.2 million

2008 Lobbying: $5.5 million

Source: OpenSecrets.org

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