The True Cost of Twelve Days of Christmas, 2011 K Street Edition

All told, $156,510 can buy you 12 days of influence for everything from drummers to pear trees.

Gift K Street Connection Per Day Cost Total Cost For 12 Days Cost Jan. – Sept. 2011
12 Drummers Drumming American Symphony Orchestra League $183 $183 $50,000
11 Pipers Piping Plumbers/Pipefitters Union $1,099 $2,198 $300,000
10 Lords-a-Leaping National Basketball Association $256 $769 $70,000
9 Ladies Dancing American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance $37 $147 $10,000
8 Maids-a-Milking Dairy Farmers of America $2,597 $12,985 $709,000
7 Swans-a-Swimming National Wildlife Federation $659 $3,956 $180,000
6 Geese-a-Laying United Egg Producers $147 $1,026 $40,000
5 Gold Rings National Mining Association $13,115 $104,916 $3,580,266
4 Calling Birds World Wildlife Fund $1,099 $9,890 $300,000
3 French Hens National Chicken Council $1,758 $17,582 $480,000
2 Turtle Doves National Audubon Society $220 $2,418 $60,000
And a Partridge in a Pear Tree California Pear Growers $37 $440 $10,000
Total: $21,206 $156,510 $5,789,266

(Faithful readers of OpenSecrets Blog may recall that last year, we tried out a slightly different way of putting a price tag on the carol’s bounteous booty. We’ve altered out methodology this year, so the two years shouldn’t be compared.)

via Lobbying Your True Love: The True Cost of Twelve Days of Christmas, 2011 Edition – OpenSecrets Blog | OpenSecrets.


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