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Fuel for Change Ask and you shall receive. Public Citizen got what it wanted last week in a hand-delivered envelope from 104-year-old Archer Daniels Midland containing the agribusiness giant’s first-ever lobbying registration. The move came after the watchdog group sent a letter to the Senate complaining that ADM wasn’t registering its lobbyists. In a letter to Public Citizen dated Aug. 2, Pamela Gavin of the Senate Office of Public Records wrote that though ADM maintains it doesn’t need to register lobbyists currently, the company “made a determination to expand its activities in its Washington office” and now expects to register paid lobbyists. An April 10 Legal Times article, “ ADM’s Invisible Touch,” described the company’s practice of wielding influence in Washington without registering paid lobbyists. Instead, ADM has historically used consultants and third-party front groups, such as the Renewable Fuels Association, the Corn Refiners Association, and the National Oilseed Processors Association, to do its heavy lifting on legislative action. ADM’s about-face comes three and a half months into former Chevron Corp. exec and now-CEO Patricia Woertz’s tenure and 18 months after the company hired Shannon Herzfeld, a former Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld lobbyist, as vice president of government affairs. Herzfeld will be ADM’s only registered lobbyist. “This is a new posture for ADM,” says Herzfeld. “Now we are ready to obviously continue that strong support through our trade associations, but we’re also willing as appropriate to speak as ADM, as befits a company of our size and scope.” Herzfeld says she expects ADM will be active in energy, agriculture, trade, and transportation issues, but declined to say whether the company will add more in-house lobbyists or contract lobbyists in the future. “This is a transition period now, and I cannot say what the configuration is going to look like in two to five years,” she says. Although Public Citizen had wanted ADM to register retroactively for lobby work already under way or completed, Tyson Slocum, the group’s research director, says he considers the answer a victory. Public Citizen wasn’t as successful with its complaint about alleged discrepancies in the Renewable Fuels Association’s reporting of its spending to influence Congress. In its July complaint, Public Citizen said it found discrepancies between the RFA’s spending reports and the reports of its contract lobbyists, including Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, the Alpine Group, and Valis Associates. Slocum says that Public Citizen plans to file complaints with the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice. — Anna Palmer
Biz as Usual The first half of 2006 was dominated by efforts on the Hill to rein in K Street in the wake of Jack Abramoff’s guilty plea to three felonies in January. Hand-wringing conversations about reform measures were as ubiquitous as porterhouses at the Palm. And yet, at the end of the day, very little happened, and money to lobbyists kept flowing during the first half of the year. Altria Corporate Services Inc. spent $6.8 million on lobbying, up from $6.7 million this time last year. Other reported figures include those of the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting ($1.1 million compared with $1 million in 2005), Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. ($2.8 million versus $2.5 million in 2005), Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. ($2.4 million, up from $2.2 million in 2005), Raytheon Co. ($2.9 million, up from $1.9 million in 2005), and eBay Inc. ($1.08 million compared with last year’s $400,000). And PoliticalMoneyLine, a campaign finance Web site, reports that the U.S. Telecom Association has spent $15.3 million for the first six months of 2006, along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ($14.3 million), the National Association of Realtors ($10.4 million), the National Association of Manufacturers ($9.6 million), and Northrop Grumman Corp. ($8.9 million). At press time the PoliticalMoneyLine figures could not be confirmed with disclosure forms the lobby shops filed with the Senate Office of Public Records. — Joe Crea and Nathan Carlile

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