11/11/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Lobbying The September 11 Day Of Service

Dave Levinthal at the Center for Responsive Politics reminds us this morning that nothing in Congress goes unlobbied. The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, signed by President Obama this year, strengthened service and volunteerism policy but also recognized September 11 as a "National Day of Service and Remembrance."

Levinthal writes:

Although it ultimately passed with wide bipartisan support, the bill itself was not without opponents -- or interest groups attempting to influence its language. According to our analysis, at least 62 organizations filed lobbying reports that mentioned the bill by its official number -- from Habitat for Humanity to the American Bankers Association to Exxon Mobil to Planned Parenthood.

-- Arthur Delaney