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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Elsevier hires another US lobbying firm

Reed Elsevier Hires Lobbyist, Associated Press, September 10, 2007.  Excerpt:

The U.S. unit of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, the Anglo-Dutch publishing and information company, hired Barbour Griffith & Rogers LLC to lobby the federal government, according to a disclosure form.

The firm will provide advice on policy issues important to the publishing industry, according to the form posted online Friday by the Senate's public records office....

Comment.  Elsevier's budget for lobbying Congress increased 610% from 1998  to 2006, and this is another escalation.  The apparent cause is the bill now before Congress to strengthen the NIH policy from a request to a requirement.