Millions Go from Music Row to Lobbying Washington

The Tennessean reports that Music Row-affiliated companies have spent more than $4 million to lobby Congress during the past three months alone ($12.2 million in the past year as of Sept. 30) as key proposals intended to benefit music makers — artists, songwriters and guitar builders — have run headlong into well-funded opposition.
Music industry campaign contributions have likewise flowed directly into the re-election campaigns of lawmakers backing key bills, with three Tennessee lawmakers emerging as among the top congressional recipients of music business contributions in 2011. (They are Sen. Bob Corker and Reps. Marsha Blackburn and Jim Cooper.)

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