The noble turkey – which was, of course, nearly the country’s national bird more than 200 years ago – has representation in Washington, D.C. Or at least the farmers and industry behind the plump North American birds do.
Overall, 93 different federal candidates collected money from the National Turkey Federation PAC during the 2010 election cycle.
This year, the National Turkey Federation PAC has raised about $147,300 through September, the date of the group’s most recent campaign finance filings. It’s also donated $64,000 to federal candidates — with about three-fourths of that money benefiting Republicans.
Another trade organization with turkey on its mind is the National Wild Turkey Federation.
This group is on pace for a record year in terms of lobbying — spending $120,000 between January and September, according to the Center’s research.
The National Wild Turkey Federation does not operate a political action committee.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published November 24 at OpenSecrets.org.