NACS Lobbying Spending Hits $655,000

Includes efforts before Congress, EPA, Fed, more

WASHINGTON -- The National Association of Convenience Stores spent $655,000 during the third quarter lobbying the federal government on issues related to price gouging, energy policy, credit-card fees, tobacco regulation and other business matters, according to a disclosure document, reported the Associated Press.

That is up from the $620,000 it spent in the second quarter and the $570,000 it spent in the third quarter last year.

In addition to Congress, the trade group, which represents more than 2,100 retail chains and 1,600 suppliers for convenience stores, also lobbied the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the Federal Reserve System and others, according to a disclosure report file with the House clerk's office.