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Alcoa Spent $820,000 Lobbying in 2007

Aluminum maker Alcoa Inc. spent $820,000 in the first half of 2007 to lobby the federal government, according to a disclosure form.

The company lobbied on tariffs affecting world aluminum trade, the licensing of hydroelectric dams, defense spending, energy legislation, global climate change and the Bonneville Power Administration, a federal agency that operates dams in the Pacific Northwest, according to the form posted online Aug. 10 by the Senate's public records office.

Alcoa also owns a power generation arm, which generates and contracts for electricity to be used in the energy-intensive aluminum smelting process.

Besides Congress, the company lobbied the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the departments of Commerce and Treasury, the U.S. Trade Representative's office and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Under a federal law enacted in 1995, lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the executive and legislative branches. They must register with Congress within 45 days of being hired or engaging in lobbying.

Alcoa is based in Pittsburgh.

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