Biden regs spark lobbying burst by chemical industry

By Ellie Borst, Robin Bravender | 05/22/2024 01:48 PM EDT

The American Chemistry Council is on pace to spend more on lobbying this year than it has during any year in recent decades.

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The American Chemistry Council spent nearly $5 million on lobbying in the first quarter of 2024. Hans Reniers/Unsplash

Lobbying spending by the chemical industry’s top trade group is soaring.

The American Chemistry Council shelled out $4.98 million in the first quarter of this year, according to data compiled by the nonprofit OpenSecrets. That spending puts the industry trade group on pace to have the highest-spending lobbying year it’s had in recent decades, following years of surging spending.

The industry group ranks ninth among all lobbying clients whose spending was tallied so far this year by OpenSecrets as the chemicals group looks to sway the Biden administration and lawmakers on Capitol Hill on everything from drinking water rules to plastics policies.


So far this year, ACC has lobbied the White House; both chambers of Congress; and agencies including EPA, the State Department, the IRS and others, according to the latest disclosures that detail their activity from January through March.