Trade body The Global Alcohol Producers Group (GAPG) paid US$240,000 to a lobbying firm in the US last year, according to a recent filing.

The organisation, which counts SABMiller, Constellation Brands and Molson Coors among its members, paid the money to Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in 2007, the US Senate's public records office said late last week. The GAPG paid Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to lobby the US Congress and Department of Health and Human Services on alcohol-related issues at the World Health Organisation.

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.