3M spends $1.2M lobbying in 3Q
WASHINGTON—3M Co., which makes products ranging from Scotch Tape and Post-it Notes to stethoscopes, spent $1.2 million in the third quarter lobbying the federal government, more than triple what it did a year ago, according to a recent disclosure report.
The manufacturer's lobbying spending first surged in the second quarter, when it also spent about $1.2 million. In the third-quarter of last year, it spent just $380,000.
3M, based in Maplewood, Minn., lobbied on issues including the federal budget and defense appropriations, patent reform, chemical plant security, food safety, climate change and energy policy, according a report it filed in October with the House clerk's office.
Besides Congress, 3M lobbied the Environmental Protection Agency, the Treasury Department and the State Department in April to June.
3M makes numerous products for the defense industry, including military vehicle maintenance products, filtration systems and ceramic fibers that stand up to high temperatures. It also makes food testing systems, films for LCD TVs and air filters among thousands of other products.