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Many Interests, Many Dollars Have Big Influence On Farm Bill

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the 2014 Farm Bill will raise government funding of crop insurance by about $5.7 billion from 2014 to 2023. A joint analysis revealed the lobbying efforts behind that expansion.  (Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting)
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the 2014 Farm Bill will raise government funding of crop insurance by about $5.7 billion from 2014 to 2023. A joint analysis revealed the lobbying efforts behind that expansion. (Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting)

After a vicious battle in Washington, Congress passed a new Farm Bill in February. The massive bill touches everything from food stamps to environmental conservation to farm supports.

Many corporations and environmental advocacy groups spent a lot of money lobbying to get their issues passed.

Here & Now contributor Harvest Public Media and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting combed through millions of pages of disclosure reports, but as Jeremy Bernfeld reports, it’s nearly impossible to find out who spent how much money on the bill.

For more coverage of lobbying on the farm bill, see the special report, “Growing Influence.” To search the online database of lobbying interests, go here.

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