The Coca-Cola Co. paid around US$1.7m last year on Government lobbying in the US, according to recent records.

A disclosure form posted online by the US Senate's public records office yesterday (21 February) showed that the drinks giant spent the money lobbying members of Congress and federal agencies in 2007.

Among the subjects Coca-Cola pushed on were marketing regulations, school nutrition legislation, trade issues and immigration reform.

The money was split $860,000 in the latter half of the year, with $880,000 being spent in the first six months of 2007.

Under a federal law enacted in the US 1995, lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the executive and legislative branches. They must register with Congress within 45 days of being hired or engaging in lobbying.