Every quarter lobbying reports are required to be filed with the Office of the Clerk. Below are the totals and issues for all beer lobbying for October 1 – December 31

 

Total Dollar Amounts

The Brewers Association $30,000.00
Heineken USA $170,000.00
MillerCoors LLC $635,000.00
Anheuser-Busch Companies $280,000.00
Beer Institute $1,010,000.00

 

Anheuser-Busch Companies

All matters relating to the malt beverage industry and beverage packaging, and legislation such as:

  • HR 494/S917 Small Brew Act
  • HR 1918/S958 BEER Act
  • Highway Bill reauthorization, as it relates to the beverage industry
  • Tax legislation related to distilled spirits HR5967, HR3968, HR4083
  • Legislation related to spent grains HR 4430
  • Dietary Guidelines
  • Corporate Tax Reform
  • Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act (S2260)

Bryan Cave LLP ($20,000.00)

  • H.R. 494: Small Brew Act
  • H.R.1918: Brewers Excise and Economic Relief Act of 2013
  • S.917: Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act of 2013
  • S.958: BEER Act

Capitol Legislative Strategies LLC ($20,000.00)

  • Issues affecting the alcoholic beverage industry, specifically Anheuser Busch operations

Forbes-Tate ($40,000.00)

  • Issues related to the malt beverage industry and packaging
  • Issues related to the Small BREW Act (H.R. 494)
  • Issues related to corporate tax reform
  • Anti-trust issues
  • Issues related to the EXPIRE Act S. 2260 – HR 1918 Beer Act

Kit Bond Strategies ($10,000.00)

  • Educational series of meetings on beer production from seed to market
  • The Beer Act

Law Offices of Kevin G. C ($10,000.00) x 2

  • Alcohol advertising issues
  • Tax legislation, as it relates to the beverage industry, including tax extenders legislation (H.R. 5771)
  • Distracted driving; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues
  • Nominations to NHTSA and Federal Communications Commission
  • Tax extenders bill (Tax Increase Prevention Act, H.R. 5771)

Noble Strategies (>$5,000)

  • Monitor matters related to the malt beverage industry and beverage packaging legislations such as proposals regarding alcohol excise taxes, included but not limited to Health Care Reform
  • Monitor implementation of 2014 Farm Bill

The Hobbs Group, LLC ($60,000.00)

  • Rail shipment of agricultural products (no legislation)
  • Issues relating to international beer operations, trade, and regulatory policy
  • H.R. 1918, legislation to amend the IRS Code to reduce the tax on beer to its pre-1991 level, proposals to raise the excise tax on beer
  • H.R. 2921, S. 1531, Cider Investment and Development through Excise Tax Reduction (CIDER) Act
  • H.R. 1918, legislation to amend the IRS Code to reduce the tax on beer to its pre-1991 level, proposals to raise the excise tax on beer, tax reform proposals regarding necessary and ordinary business expenses and accelerated depreciation
  • H.R. 2921, S. 1531, H.R. 5771-To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain expiring provisions and make technical corrections
  • Rail shipments of agricultural products (no legislation)

The OB-C Group. LLC ($60,000.00)

  • No specific bill number: all matters relating to the malt beverage industry
  • S 958: BEER Act
  • Matters relating to the taxation of beer
  • HR 1918: Brewers Excise and Economic Relief Act of 2013
  • Matters relating to the taxation of beer

The Simmons & Russell Group, LLC ($40,000.00)

  • Issues related to the BEER Act, S.958
  • Issues related to tax reform
  • Issues related to excise tax on beer
  • Bonus depreciation issues related to tax extenders
  • Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, H.R.5771

Heineken USA

  • Outcome of 2015 USDA guidelines policy
  • General discussion on maintaining malt beverage 3-tier system and state-based alcohol regulation
  • Education on Public Law
  • 109-422 “The STOP Act”
  • General education on WHO’s global alcohol strategy
  • Maintain sufficient funding for Alcohol, Tax & Trade
  • Bureau; outcome of NIAA/NIDA merger

MillerCoors LLC

  • General discussion on scope of FTC inquiry into industry’s self-regulatory compliance activities.
  • Support FTC’s policy with respect to voluntary self-regulation of advertising codes.
  • General interest in FTC reauthorization.
  • General education on commodity purchases of barley, hops, and other agricultural products.
  • General interest in barley and hops legislation and regulations.
  • General interest in implementation of Dodd-Frank Derivatives Title (VII).
  • General interest in Farm Bill reauthorization.
  • General interest in government collaboration in promoting bio-mass fuel as a potential energy source to produce steam for manufacturing.
  • General interest in the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC’s oversight of the London Metal Exchange.
  • Support the efforts of the DHHS Interagency Coordinating Committee to prevent Underage Drinking.
  • General discussion on importance of maintaining malt beverage three-tier system and state-based alcohol regulation.
  • General discussion and education on Public Law 109-422, the STOP Act.
  • General education on the World Health Organization’s global alcohol strategy.
  • General interest in maintaining sufficient Congressional funding for the Alcohol, Tax and Trade Bureau.
  • General interest in outcome of NIAA/NIDA merger.
  • Indicate support of the U.S. Treasury’s rulemaking relating to alcohol labeling.
  • Indicate support of the U.S. Treasury’s Proposed Final Rule on Allergen Warning Labels.
  • Support Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau’s regulations on product formulas.
  • General interest in alcohol franchise and distribution issues, including Commerce Clause issues relating to same.
  • Support FTC and self-regulation of the alcohol industry.
  • General interest in glass and aluminum recycling.
  • Support Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau’s regulation and secure approvals for brewery permits, bonds, and labels of alcohol products.
  • General education in FTC’s phusion settlement.
  • General interest in outcome of 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines Policy
  • General interest in Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas reporting
  • General interest in water rights
  • General discussion on EPA’s proposed Boiler MACT Rule
  • General interest in EPA’s Clean Wa-General interest in electric deregulation, co-generation incentives, alternative energy, ethanol production activities, and development of natural gas resources.ter Guidance
  • General interest in food safety regulations pertaining to imported products
  • General education on Bisphenol A
  • General interest and discussion on Federal Dietary Guidelines
  • General interest in FDA Food Safety Rule and brewer’s spent grain
  • General support of comprehensive immigration reform
  • General interest in pension funding legislation and regulations
  • General interest in workplace safety legislation and regulations
  • General interest to amend the IRC to reduce the tax on beer to its pre-1991 level
  • General discussion on provisions relating to corporate taxes and revenue offsets
  • General interest in LIFO repeal
  • General interest in Puerto Rico tax differential
  • Oppose H.R. 494, the Brew Act
  • Support H.R. 1918/S. 958, the Beer Act
  • General support for H.R. 612, the “Safe and Efficient Transportation Act of 2012.”
  • General interest in outcome of MAP 21 truck weight study
  • General interest in appropriations related to alcohol policy (STOP Act and initiatives to combat underage drinking and alcohol abuse enforcement of legal drinking age) and the Departments of Transportation, Justice, Agriculture, and Labor
  • General interest in LME warehouse rules (buying and selling aluminum)
  • General interest in San Gabriel Watershed for designation as a National Recreation Area
  • Support S. 394, the -Sales of beer to military exchange systems
  • Metal Theft Prevention Act of 2013

Mr. Donald Kaniewski (15,000.00)

  • General interest to amend the IRC to reduce the tax on beer to its 1991 levels, HR 1918
  • Oppose HR 494 and S.917 the BREW Act
  • General interest in implementation of Dodd-Frank Derivatives Title VII
  • General interest in the regulation of spent grain
  • General interest in the DOT truck weight study
  • General interest in re-authorization of MAP-21

Elmendorf Ryan ($60,000.00) Issues related to dietary guidelines

  • Issues related to spent grains at the FDA
  • S. 958, Beer Act
  • Derivatives legislation exempting end users, S. 888, S. 2244, H.R. 2146 (related provisions in TRIA legislation) 

Beer Institute

  • Tax, labeling
  • Advertising
  • Keg theft
  • Highway traffic safety
  • General alcohol awareness and general regulatory matters affecting brewers (including spent grains and aluminum)
  • H.R. 1918 and S. 958 – Brewers Excise and Economic Relief Act of 2013
  • H.R. 494 and S. 917 – Small Brewers Reinvestment & Expanding Workforce Act
  • S. 394 and H.R. 867 – Metals Theft Prevention Act of 2013

Thorsen French Advocacy LLC ($50,000.00)

  • H.R. 1675 – Brewers Excise and Economic Relief Act.
  • H.R. 1918: Brewers Excise and Economic Relief Act of 2013. S. 1111 (112th)
  • BEER Act
  • General Tax Reform Issues

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP ($110,000.00)

  • Excise tax issues
  • Equalization issues
  • General matters affecting brewers and the distribution of beer

The Brewers Association

McDermott Will & Emery LLP ($30,000.00)

 

  • Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau user fees, food safety legislation, beer excise tax rates, and postal issues related to the shipment of beer produced by home brewers to competitions
  • Specific legislation includes H.R. 494 and S. 917
  • Beer excise tax rates
  • Specific legislation includes H.R. 494 and S. 917

 

 

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