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El Segundo-based DirecTV Group Inc. spent $570,000 in the first quarter to lobby Congress for legislation, according to a report filed at the House clerk's office.

Pending legislation of interest to DirecTV includes a requirement for satellite providers to carry all local TV signals. The company favors the requirement as it would allow it more channels. Also of interest to DirecTV were satellite, cable tax and franchise fees.

The Motion Picture Association of America spent $510,000 during the first quarter of 2008 to lobby on international trade matters, copyright enforcement and other issues, according to a report filed with the House clerk.

The MPAA members include Burbank-based Walt Disney Co.'s Buena Vista Pictures Distribution Inc., Viacom Inc. subsidiary Paramount Pictures Corp. and News Corp. subsidiary Fox Entertainment Group lobbied on intellectual property issues and digital piracy in schools. In addition, the trade group lobbied on Internet neutrality, which would prevent telecommunication companies from charging premiums for tiered services.

The MPAA lobbied the Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Trade Representative's office, Federal Trade Commission, the departments of Commerce and State, and other agencies in the first three months of the year.

Staff reporter Brett Sporich can be reached at bsporich@labusinessjournal.com or at (323) 549-5225, ext. 226

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