nacs boosts lobbying efforts

Report finds the association spent $900K in the first half of 2007.

NACS spent $900,000 lobbying the federal government in the first half of 2007, according to a recent disclosure form.

The group lobbied on various pieces of legislation including those dealing with credit card fees, price gouging, underground storage tank funding, immigration reform, minimum wages, and tobacco taxes, according to the form posted online Aug. 13 by the Senate’s public records office, the Associated Press reported.

The group also lobbied on issues related to cough and cold medicines containing the active ingredient dextromethorphan, or DXM. Some stores have stopped selling products containing DXM to customers under age 18 because young people have been known to abuse them. Under a federal law enacted in 1995, lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the executive and legislative branches. They must register with Congress within 45 days of being hired or engaging in lobbying.

The Association for Convenience and Petroleum Retailing, which represents more than 2,200 retail and 1,800 supplier company members, is based in Alexandria, Va.

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