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Lobbying expenses spiked as Congress shaped tax code rewrite

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Money spent on lobbying by corporations, trade associations and special interest groups spiked during the final three months of 2017 as they battled for the biggest breaks possible in the most dramatic tax overhaul in decades.

The figures are eye-popping among the heavyweights.

Newly filed lobbying disclosure reports show the National Association of Realtors tallied $22.2 million between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31. That's double what the organization spent in the third quarter on lobbying activities.

The Business Roundtable spent $17.3 million in the fourth quarter, nearly quadruple the amount from the prior three months.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce reported spending $16.8 million, a $3.7 million increase.

President Donald Trump swept into the White House promising to "drain the swamp" in Washington, but lobbyists continue to wield considerable influence.

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