This week’s question comes from reader Jazmine.
In her answer, she says she would recommend:The National Restaurant Association.
The National Restaurant Guild.
The Food Industry Association of America.
The Association of Restaurant Owners of America, according to The New York Times.
The National Association of Culinary Professionals (NACCP).
The National Association for Home Economics (NAAHE)In order to qualify, a restaurant must have an annual sales of $1.5 million.
That’s not a typo.
In 2016, the industry spent more than $9 billion.
It’s not clear what the NACCP and NAAHE spend on their respective programs, but the industry is a major player in lobbying Congress.
In 2017, the NAAHEO reported $1,200,000 in lobbying expenses, while the NCAPE reported $721,000, according the Center for Responsive Politics.
In 2018, the trade group claimed $9.5,000 from the House and Senate for lobbying.
According to the Center, the national restaurant association’s lobbying spending in 2018 amounted to $3,900,000.
The association’s tax-exempt status, though, means it has to disclose its lobbying expenditures on its tax forms.
It did so last year, but only for the past five years.
In 2020, the association spent $4.2 million, the first year of lobbying, according a Center for Public Integrity review of federal lobbying disclosure data.
The trade group has reported spending $5.4 million since 2009.
The NACPA has reported $10.8 million in lobbying since 2010, while its affiliate NAAE has reported more than half a million dollars in lobbying.
That includes more than 400,000 dollars in 2018 alone.