Latest notes on Walmart’s lobbying

moneyWalmart and its lobbyists filed their second quarter lobbying reports this week, and at the same time the company is starting to see some of the fruits of its multi-pronged approach to buying support on Capitol Hill. In the second quarter of 2013, Walmart spent just shy of $2 million on its federal lobbying efforts, an increase from both the first quarter and the same time last year. The company has spent a total of $3.8 million on federal lobbying so far this year. Earlier this year, Making Change at Walmart released a report that summarized Walmart and the Walton family’s extensive political spending. The report found that the two have given a combined $17 million since the 2000 election cycle, with a disproportionate focus on conservative legislators.