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    NACS Invests $900K in Lobbying Lawmakers

    Issues included credit-card fees, price gouging, minimum wages and tobacco taxes.

    WASHINGTON -- NACS, the Association for Convenience and Petroleum Retailing, spent $900,000 lobbying the federal government in the first half of 2007, The Associated Press reported, citing a recent disclosure form.

    NACS, formerly known as the National Association of Convenience Stores, lobbied on various pieces of legislation, including those dealing with credit-card fees, price gouging, underground storage tank funding, immigration reform, minimum wages and tobacco taxes, according to the form posted online Aug. 13 by the Senate's public records office.

    The group also lobbied on issues related to cough and cold medicines containing the active ingredient, dextromethorphan, or DXM. Some convenience stores have stopped selling products containing DXM to customers under age 18 because young people have been known to abuse them, the AP reported.

    NACS' board includes representatives from ExxonMobil Fuels Marketing, 7-Eleven Inc., Coca-Cola Co. and others. The group represents more than 2,200 retail and 1,800 supplier company members, and is based in Alexandria, Va.

    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, the AP said.

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