Health care is the largest special interest group lobbying the congressional super committee

The Sunlight Foundation has broken down by industry the special interests that are lobbying the congressional super committee to avoid having their funds cut.

The Foundation's study reports:

The healthcare industry is the dominating lobbying activity before the Super Committee, according to third quarter lobbying reports. Almost 30 percent of the organizations that reported lobbying the Super Committee represent healthcare companies or associations. Together, the 61 healthcare companies and associations have spent more than $10 million on lobbying. Add in single-issue healthcare groups (such as the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the National Kidney Foundation), and a total of 74 groups (more than a third of the total) lobbying the committee work on health issues.

Now here's a surprise:

What’s also telling is who’s not putting effort into lobbying the committee. Only four filings represent the defense sector, despite the major cuts to defense spending looming if the super committee cannot reach an agreement by the Thanksgiving deadline. Additionally, only four filings represent agribusiness, despite threatened cuts to agricultural spending programs.

A graph showing the top groups accompanies the Sunlight Foundation's article.

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