Reynolds American spent $688,881 lobbying in 1Q

NEW YORK

Cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. spent $688,881 in the first quarter to lobby the federal government on a cigarette trafficking act, according to a disclosure report.

That’s down 37 percent from the $1.1 million that the company spent in the year-ago period, but nearly even with the than the $668,825 it spent in the fourth quarter of 2009.

The company lobbied Congress on legislation involving the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act of 2009, according to the report filed on April 19. Among other items, the legislation would make cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products unable to be mailed by the U.S. Postal Service, which would likely decrease purchases online, over the phone, or via mail order.

The maker of cigarettesmall.biz/buy/marlboro did not lobby the federal government on any other issues during the period.

Reynolds American is the nation’s second-biggest cigarette manufacturer behind camel cigarette maker Philip Morris USA, a unit of Altria Group Inc.

source: businessweek.com

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