The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) had a busy fourth quarter in 2009, lobbying the federal government on fuel issues and other business that affects c-stores. The association spent $770,000 in both the third and fourth quarter to fight for the interests of the industry, Business Week reported.
The amount spent lobbying in the fourth quarter of 2009 is up from the $450,000 spent in the fourth quarter of 2008, Business Week reported. One reason is last year brought a number of important issues to the table that directly impacted c-stores. NACS lobbied on issues related to price gouging, credit card fees, regulation of tobacco, tax reform and other issues in October through December. In addition to Congress, NACS lobbied the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, the Executive Office of the President and the departments of Energy and Treasury.