NASSCOM Lobbying costs $285000
By Ria Sharma
Washington based Center for Responsive Politics is America’s premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the organization aims to create a more educated voter, an involved citizenry and a more responsive government. It only accepts donations from social / charitable organizations.
NASSCOM, which represents India’s IT and BPO companies, ramped up its lobbying in USA in 2009 as the recession hit America. NASSCOM wanted more H1B Visas and less of the anti outsourcing rhetoric by American politicians.
In 2010, I had written an article about how technology firms spend 111 million dollars in 2009 lobbying US politicians. NASSCOM spent $340,000 towards promoting their cause. The NASSCOM lobbying costs in 2009 was dwarfed when compared to Apple which spent $1.5 million. Business Software Alliance, set up to stop software piracy, spent about $1.7 million. CISCO spent $1.1 million. Dell spent $2.3 million. HP spent $3.7 million. Microsoft and IBM spent about $5.5 million each.
Center for Responsive Politics’ run website Opensecrets has revealed that in 2010 NASSCOM spent $400,000 lobbying US politicians and key decision makers.
In 2011 (so far), NASSCOM has spent $285,000.