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Coca-Cola spent $580,000 lobbying government in 2Q

Coca-Cola Co. spent $580,000 in the second quarter to lobby on labeling, food safety and other matters, according to a recent disclosure report.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Coca-Cola Co. spent $580,000 in the second quarter to lobby on labeling, food safety and other matters, according to a recent disclosure report.

The Atlanta-based maker of Coca-Cola, Sprite and other beverages, also lobbied on healthy lifestyles and obesity prevention, recycling, tax policy and more. The soft drink maker also lobbied the State Department on its attempted acquisition of Chinese juice maker Huiyuan Juice Group Ltd. The Chinese government blocked the proposed $2.5 billion purchase because of monopoly concerns.

Besides Congress and the State Department, Coca-Cola lobbied the White House, Treasury Department, Commerce Department, Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Trade Representative and other entities in the April-June period, according to the report filed July 17 with the House clerk's office.