By  on March 28, 2012

WASHINGTON — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has significantly increased its lobbying muscle in the nation’s capital to influence policy and help shape the debate on Capitol Hill and in the White House on such key issues as trade and comprehensive tax reform.

The retail giant boosted its lobbying expenditures dramatically to $7.6 million in 2011 from $5.94 million in 2010, according to Congressional records. Lobbying expenditures, filed on a quarterly basis, cover a portion of a company’s or trade association’s lobbyists’ salaries as well as any money spent on preparing for meetings with members of Congress and administration officials as well as related travel.

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