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Al Jazeera America Lobbying Led by Former Member of Congress

Former Rep. Michael Castle
Former Rep. Michael Castle

A news organization that has just started broadcasting knows it must have a lobbying presence in Washington to be a serious player in the communications industry. Having a former member of Congress be your lobbyist helps.

Al Jazeera America Holdings I Inc
Michael Castle

During the first quarter of 2013, DLA Piper was paid $120,000. During the second quarter of 2013, DLA Piper was paid $100,000.

Other news organizations also lobby the executive and legislative branches. In many cases the news organizations are owned by larger communications and entertainment companies, which have a wide range of legislative and regulatory interests.

News-related companies and their 2013 second quarter lobbying expenditures include:

Comcast Corporation (including NBC) $5,470,000
Time Warner (including CNN) $1,970,000
News America Inc./News Corporation $1,395,000
Clear Channel Communications $1,350,000
Viacom $900,000
Cox Enterprises $860,000
CBS Corporation $820,000
Walt Disney Company (including ABC & ESPN)  $620,000
Univision $237,000
Liberty Media $230,000
Bloomberg LP $170,000
NPR $169,225
Thomson Reuters $100,000
Al Jazeera America Holdings I Inc $100,000
Hearst Corp. $70,000
Media General $33,130
Tribune Company $23,064
Scripps Network Interactive $10,000
A H Belo Corporation  (less than $5,000)
Gannett Company Inc. (less than $5,000)
Seattle Times (less than $5,000)
Morris Communications (less than $5,000)