There’s More: RIAA Lobbying Expenses Hit $1.6 Million Last Summer

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There’s more money – a lot more money – being plowed into Capitol Hill by the recording industry.

Just moments after a filing revealed lobbying expenses of $790,000 from Universal Music Group during the third quarter alone, Digital Music News has discovered something else.  The RIAA plunked a handsome $1.6 million into various Congressional pockets during the three-month period ending September 30th, either directly or through a smattering of different consultancies and lobbying organizations.

The amounts were confirmed by filings with the clerk of the US House of Representatives.  The largest, a $1.29 million drop, was filed directly under the name of RIAA chief Mitch Bainwol (and included below). Others were for smaller amounts ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, and spread across 8 different filings. A tenth document was filed for an amount lower than $5,000, with the specific contribution undisclosed.

All of that brings the total to $1,597,438 (or more likely, just over $1.6 million), and brings the year-to-date expenditure to $4,969,718. Year-2009 lobbying expenses for the RIAA just topped $5.9 million, according to a large amount of documents shared with Digital Music News several months ago.