Faced with new Superfund taxes, the chemical lobby has boosted spending

A major pressure arm for the chemical industry increased spending by nearly 92% late last year, compared to the same period in 2020, as Congress considered and passed legislation increasing taxes on 42 chemicals.

In the last quarter of 2021, the American Chemistry Council, or ACC, spent $7.32 million lobbying Congress and federal agencies, up from $3.81 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, records show. . For the full year, the council increased spending by 19% to $16.57 million, from $13.92 million in 2020.

“The increase in spending was driven by a number of challenges and opportunities that emerged at the end of the year, in particular the reimposition of Superfund levies on chemical manufacturers and a proposed levy on plastics,” said Jennifer Scott, spokeswoman for the group. , said in an email.

“Both proposals represent bad policy that penalizes the industry itself and the creation of products that will make many of the administration’s climate goals possible, while taking money out of the hands of consumers,” Scott wrote.

This fourth-quarter total is the largest sum the ACC has reported to the official Senate lobbying database since 1999, the first quarterly record available for the trade group, and it excludes any money spent by the organization to hire outside lobbying firms.

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