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D.C. Council Lobbying Report Reveals Big Battles At City Hall

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The Wilson Building in Washington, D.C.
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D.C. Council lobbying reports are in, and records show that some of the big battles at city hall also take place behind the scenes.

For instance, take Walmart and the living wage bill that was approved last week. Records show Walmart lobbyist David Wilmot was busy making rounds at the Wilson Building over the last few weeks as he tried to convince members to vote down the bill.

At the same time, lobbyists hired by a local union were also working hard to gin up support for the living wage proposal.

The bill ultimately passed 8-5. Both sides paid about $30,000 to their respective lobbyists.

The living wage bill — which would require a $12.50 an hour wage for Walmart, but clearly has larger implications for the billion-dollar company — now is in the hands of the mayor.

D.C.'s lobbying reports come out twice a year. The rules are much more lax than on Capitol Hill, where congressional lobbyists file quarterly and are required to keep much more detailed records.

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