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Vaisala Inc. Hires Lobbying Firm for Federal Appropriations Approvals

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Vaisala, Inc: Measure, Analyze, and Act for a Better World

Author Erin Gerhart

Vaisala, Inc. is a global enterprise specializing in weather monitoring and analysis. They measure anything from the methane parts per million in a factory to cloud height to off shore environmental monitoring. In this year so far the company has spent 100,000 USD in lobbying and spent twice that amount in 2021. Founded in 1936, Vaisala, Inc. is headquartered out of Vantaa, Finland and is most well known for environmental and industrial measurements. The company recently terminated its lobbying contract with Federal Science Partners, LLC where a sum of 50,000 USD was agreed upon.

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Federal Science Partners, LLC primarily works with higher education institutions, national research facilities, scientific organizations, and other industries in the highly technical field. Meg Thompson has more than twenty years of experience on Capital Hill including serving on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee. Thompson is highly versed in the fields of appropriations, science, and defense. Joel Widder has worked as a consultant since 2002 before which he held a board position at the National Science Foundation.

There are two bills in particular that were being championed by Federal Science Partners, LLC and those are H.R. 8256 and H.R. 8294. H.R. 8256, otherwise known as the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2023 provides funding for the departments of commerce and justice, the science agencies, and other related agencies like the Marine Mammal Commission and the State Justice institute. Funding for the Department of Justice also includes state and local funding for programs like the Office of Justice and the Office on violence Against Women. Since the title of H.R. 8294 includes everything but the kitchen sink, a quick overview will be all that is necessary. Lobbyingdata.com serves as an alternative data source and strives for accurate, concise, and digestible information.

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