Chip trade group spends $310,000 on 2Q lobbying

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WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Semiconductor Industry Association ? a trade group whose members include chip makers Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. ? spent $310,000 in the second quarter to lobby the federal government.

It lobbied on issues including customs policy related to the importation of counterfeit chips, and math and science education programs, according to a quarterly disclosure form.

That is up from the $235,000 it spent in the same quarter a year earlier. The group did not report lobbying expenses for the first quarter of this year.

Other issues the group lobbied on included tax credits for research and development, funding for nano-electronics research and visas for skilled immigrants and foreign graduates of U.S. universities.

Lobbying efforts were centered on Congress, the National Security Council, the White House, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute of Standards & Technology, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Trade Representative and the Departments of Commerce, Defense and Treasury, according to the disclosure report filed with the House clerk and Senate secretary on July 20.