The list of convention sponsors

Organizations that have committed to sponsor both the Democratic National Convention in Denver and the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis and some of the issues they have lobbied on:

QWEST

General business issues; rewrite of the 1996 Telecommunications Act; universal service reform; video franchise relief; broadband deployment; protection of records

XCEL ENERGY

Climate change, renewable energy-related issues; Clean Energy Act of 2007; Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007; wind production tax credit; Climate Security Act

SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION

Contracting out of security guard functions by federal agencies; National Defense Authorization Act

AT&T

Telecom issues, including implementation of the 1996 Telecommunications Act; congressional oversight and video franchise reform; Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Act; cash balance issues in the Pension Protection Act

ASTRAZENECA

Drug importation; foreign drug inspection program; Medicaid drug rebates; drug safety; pediatric drug provisions; compounding issues; Children’s Health Insurance Program

TRAVELERS INSURANCE

Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2007; Homeowners Defense Act of 2007; National Insurance Act of 2007; Nondiscriminatory Use of Consumer Reports and Consumer Information Act of 2008; Homeowners Insurance Protection Act of 2007

3M

Emissions control and safety systems; airline and baggage security issues; federal appropriations; science- based decision-making on water and air quality

MERCK

Increased funding for National Immunization Program; funding for Food and Drug Administration; patent reform legislation; opposition to drug importation

ALLSTATE INSURANCE

Legislation related to “black box” recorders on new automobiles; the Cameron Gulbransen Kids and Cars Safety Act of 2007; Damaged Vehicle Information Act; Passenger Vehicle Loss Disclosure Act

VISA

Various legislation related to credit card issuer practices

AMGEN

Drug safety; legislation related to pharmaceuticals, including the Patient Protection and Innovative Biologics Medicines Act of 2007

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERS

Bankruptcy reforms to prevent foreclosures; tax incentives for renewable energy

LILLY

Drug-importation issues; Medicare and Medicaid coverage and reimbursement issues; pharmaceutical regulations; tax issues; patent issues

BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE RAILWAY

Rail Antitrust Enforcement Act; tax credits, rail capacity, rail infrastructure; Railroad Competition Improvement and Reauthorization Act

MEDTRONIC

Patent reform; health-care related bills, including legislation related to safety of advanced medical devices, promotion of health information technology systems

US BANK

Legislation reauthorizing New Markets Tax Credit

ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND

Farm Bill provisions; other legislation affecting renewable fuels; freight rail issues

FORD

Fuel-efficiency issues, climate-change issues; employee benefits, health care and pension issues; corporate governance and tax issues; arbitration rules

ANHEUSER-BUSCH

Matters relating to the malt beverage industry; family entertainment; regulation of marine mammals, endangered species and wildlife; solid waste disposal issues; legislation affecting recycling deposits

STATE FARM INSURANCE

Legislation that would remove antitrust exemptions and subject insurance industry to Federal Trade Commission regulation

(Kevin Vaughan and M.E. Sprengelmeyer write for the Rocky Mountain News)