In the device tax battle, one industry group didn't devote more lobbying cash

AdvaMed steadily ramped up its lobbying spending through 2012 and into 2013 as a push to repeal the 2.3% medical device tax heated up. But that's not the case for the Medical Device Manufacturers Association, which represents a lot of smaller device companies. Roll Call reported that AdvaMed went through nearly $643,000 during the 2013 second quarter, capping a steady increase from the 2012 third quarter, when lobbying-related spending reached just under $267,500. (2013 third quarter numbers aren't out yet.) The Medical Device Manufacturers Association, on the other hand, said it committed $90,000 to lobbying efforts during the 2013 third quarter, according to the story, a quarterly spending amount that has remained unchanged since early 2009. The industry continues to push for a repeal of the tax during the government shutdown. Story