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The folks at Roll Call published on April 23 a list of the top 25 organizations that are spending money on federal lobbying during the first quarter of 2013. Not one group on this list is advocating on behalf of individual citizens or for preservation of the right to trial by jury under the Seventh Amendment. Here is the list.

Chamber of Commerce of the U.S.A. $10,140,000 — down from $29,510,000 in the last quarter of 2012

National Association of Realtors $8,500,000 — down from $15,440,000

U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform $6,430,000 — down from $10,910,000 (1)

Northrop Grumman Corporation $5,820,000 — up from 4,510,000

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers $5,270,000 — up from $4,120,000

General Electric Company $5,190,000 — up from $4,940,000

American Medical Association $4,910,000 — up from $3,400,000

Exxon Mobil Corporation $4,840,000 — up from $3,100,000

United Technologies Corporation $4,630,000 — up from $3,889,000

Comcast Corporation $4,480,000 — up from $2,330,000 (more)

AT&T Services Inc. $4,260,000 — up from $3,400,000

National Association of Broadcasters $4,200,000 — up from $3,290,000

Merck & Company $4,190,000 — up from $1,190,000

National Cable and Telecommunications Association $4,170,000 — down from 5,880,000

American Hospital Association $3,810,000 — down from $5,350,000

Southern Company $3,760,000 — down from $5,070,000

Lockheed Martin Corporation $3,710,000 — up from $3,600,000

Verizon Communications $3,670,000 — up from $3,480,000

Chevron USA INc. $3,660,000 — up from 2,470,000

Boeing Company $3,580,000 — same as last quarter

Google Inc. $3,350,000 — same as last quarter

CVS Caremark Inc. $3,338,680 — up from $2,930,000

Novartis $3,290,000 — up from $1,212,000

General Motors Company $3,220,000 — up from $1,480,000

Edison Electric Institute $3,160,000 — up from $3,410,000

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(1) Note: Along with the Chamber of Commerce of the U.S.A., which bears very little resemblance to local Chambers, this group actively advocates to weaken the civil justice system for consumers, while preserving it for big business.