WASHINGTON — The retail and fashion industries largely increased their level of spending on lobbying last year, pouring millions of dollars into influencing critical policies on trade, health care, organized retail crime, credit card fees and union organizing.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Sears Holdings Corp., Tiffany & Co., Hanesbrands Inc., J.C. Penney Co. and Abercrombie & Fitch all boosted their spending last year on lobbying the Obama administration and Congress, according to the government’s recently released lobbying figures.
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