These 30 Firms Have the Best Accountants or Lobbyists Money Can Buy

Public Campaign is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to sweeping campaign reform that aims to dramatically reduce the role of big special interest money in American politics.  Earlier this month, the organization released a report showing thirty big corporations that spent more money on lobbying the federal government, than they paid in federal income taxes for the three years between 2008 and 2010.  In total, the companies made profits of $164 billion in the three year period.  However, the thirty companies combined received a hefty tax refund of almost $11 billion.

Here are the 30 corporations listed in the report:

General Electric (NYSE:GE):  The company received a tax refund of $4.7 billion, and paid $84 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

PG&E Corp (NYSE:PCG):  The company received a tax refund of $1.02 billion, and paid almost $79 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ):  The company received a tax refund of $951 million, and paid just over $52 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC):  The company received a tax refund of $681 million, and paid $11 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP):  The company received a tax refund of $545 million, and paid nearly $29 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Pepco Holdings (NYSE:POM):  The company received a tax refund of $508 million, and paid $3.7 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE:CSC):  The company received a tax refund of $305 million, and paid $4.4 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

CenterPoint Energy (NYSE:CNP):  The company received a tax refund of $284 million, and paid $2.6 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI):  The company received a tax refund of $227 million, and paid $1.8 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK):  The company received a tax refund of $216 million, and paid $17.5 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Boeing (NYSE:BA):  The company received a tax refund of $178 million, and paid $52.3 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NEE):  The company received a tax refund of $139 million, and paid nearly $10 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Consolidated Edison (NYSE:ED):  The company received a tax refund of $127 million, and paid almost $1.8 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Paccar (NASDAQ:PCAR):  The company received a tax refund of $112 million, and paid $760k in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Integrys Energy Group (NYSE:TEG):  The company received a tax refund of $92 million, and paid $710k in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Wisconsin Energy (NYSE:WEC):  The company received a tax refund of $85 million, and paid $2.45 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

DuPont (NYSE:DD):  The company received a tax refund of $72 million, and paid almost $14 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Baxter International (NYSE:BAX):  The company received a tax refund of $66 million, and paid $10.45 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Tenet Healthcare (NYSE:THC):  The company received a tax refund of $48 million, and paid $3.43 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE:R):  The company received a tax refund of $46 million, and paid $960k in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

El Paso (NYSE:EP):  The company received a tax refund of $41 million, and paid almost $3 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Honeywell International (NYSE:HON):  The company received a tax refund of $34 million, and paid $18.3 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS):  The company received a tax refund of $29 million, and paid $3.48 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Con-Way (NYSE:CNW):  The company received a tax refund of $26 million, and paid $2.3 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Navistar International (NYSE:NAV):  The company received a tax refund of $18 million, and paid $6.3 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE):  The company received a tax refund of $17 million, and paid $4.37 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Interpublic Group (NYSE:IPG):  The company received a tax refund of $15 million, and paid $1.3 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Mattel Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT):  The company received a tax refund of $9 million, and paid $840k in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Corning (NYSE:GLW):  The company received a tax refund of $4 million, and paid $2.81 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

FedEx (NYSE:FDX):  The company paid $37 million in federal taxes, and paid $50.81 million in lobbying expenses. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

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