Hundreds Try To Influence The Supercommittee

The line for seating in the hearing room of the supercommittee's meeting on Wednesday. An NPR review found that 619 separate interest groups have reported lobbying the group.

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The line for seating in the hearing room of the supercommittee's meeting on Wednesday. An NPR review found that 619 separate interest groups have reported lobbying the group.

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The deficit reduction committee, the so-called supercommittee, has less than a month to agree on massive spending cuts and deficit reduction. And so the race is on — not only for lawmakers but for interest groups, trade associations and corporations. An NPR analysis finds there are hundreds of them that want to influence the outcome.

This week the committee held a rare public hearing, only its third since starting work in September. It was also a rare opportunity to see lobbyists at work.

Most lobbying, just like much of the work of the supercommittee, happens out of public view.

But on Wednesday, lobbyists lined up early for a chance to sit in the hearing room, to take in the atmospherics, and maybe grab a few words with a staffer along the way.

"I like being up here," says Joel Packer, executive director of the Committee for Education Funding and a registered lobbyist. "It's sometimes good to be seen, wave the flag, pick up tidbits."

He represents 90 different education groups urging the supercommittee to avoid cuts to education.

"A: They theoretically have jurisdiction over everything. B: They've revealed nothing of what they're doing," Packer says.

Packer got in line an hour and a half before the hearing started. The queue wrapped around a corner and down a long hallway in the Hart Senate Office Building.

In all, NPR found, 619 different groups and corporations say they intend to lobby around the work of the supercommittee. All of them mentioned the supercommittee or the legislation that created it in their mandatory third-quarter lobbying disclosure forms. They range from the Air Transport Association to Wal-Mart. Also included: the American Hospital Association, Halliburton, General Motors and General Electric. The list goes on and on.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., arrive for a closed-door meeting of the deficit reduction committee on Oct. 27 on Capitol Hill. i i

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Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., arrive for a closed-door meeting of the deficit reduction committee on Oct. 27 on Capitol Hill.

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Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., arrive for a closed-door meeting of the deficit reduction committee on Oct. 27 on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., arrive for a closed-door meeting of the deficit reduction committee on Oct. 27 on Capitol Hill.

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"Anytime you have something that may be a really fundamental change it's going to be a magnet for lobbyists," says Bill Allison, editorial director at the Sunlight Foundation, a group that pushes for transparency in government. "It's going to draw them like honey draws flies."

Whether the committee does something or nothing, a whole lot of bottom lines are going to be affected. And that keeps the lobbying business humming.

"They're not really there looking out for the whole country by any means," Allison says. "They're looking out for this narrow interest. And the problem is that this is what usually happens in Washington. The special interests are a lot louder than the general public so they end up controlling the debate."

For people whose job it is to see their group's interests reflected in legislation, the supercommittee presents some unique challenges. If the committee fails to come up with a plan, it means automatic cuts. If it does agree on a plan, it skips the normal process and goes straight to an up or down vote in the House and Senate.

All this seems to make David Certner nervous. "These special fast-track, non-amendable rules apply to them," says Certner, the legislative policy director for AARP. "And there will be no basically debate in Congress with any opportunity to amend any of the changes that come out from this group of 12."

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In addition to direct lobbying, AARP has a television ad in heavy rotation that's targeted at the supercommittee process.

The message in short: Please don't mess with Social Security, and if you want to make cuts from Medicare and Medicaid, bring down health care costs instead of making seniors pay more.

It's not just supercommittee members themselves who are in demand by lobbyists — their staffs are targets too. Earlier this week Mary Kingston emerged from a meeting with a staffer in the office of supercommittee member Xavier Becerra, a Democratic representative from Cailfornia.

"At least they have this information that now they can bring it to their boss, where we can't do that," Kingston says.

Kingston is a lobbyist for the National Association of Secondary School Principals, which is part of Packer's education coalition. Last week, the group sent a 13-page letter to supercommittee members outlining what would be hurt if education funding is cut. Now Kingston says they're going to every single office to follow up.

"We did hear from a few offices saying, 'Oh, we already got the letter. We don't need to meet with you,' " Kingston says. "But we pushed back and said, 'No, we feel so strongly about this that we really do want to come in and tell you personally and highlight some things.' "

A few minutes after she left, another group of people in dark suits headed into the office. No doubt they were there hoping to personally highlight some other things.

Groups That Plan To Lobby The Supercommittee

In all, 619 different groups and corporations said they intend to lobby around the work of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, better known around Capitol Hill as the supercommittee. All of them mentioned the supercommittee or the legislation that created it in their mandatory third-quarter lobbying disclosure forms. Here is an alphabetical list of the organizations:

An NPR review found that more than 600 different groups and corporations say they intend to lobby around the work of the deficit reduction committee. i i

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An NPR review found that more than 600 different groups and corporations say they intend to lobby around the work of the deficit reduction committee.

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An NPR review found that more than 600 different groups and corporations say they intend to lobby around the work of the deficit reduction committee.

An NPR review found that more than 600 different groups and corporations say they intend to lobby around the work of the deficit reduction committee.

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A.H. Belo Corp.
AARP
Abbott Laboratories
Academy Advisors
Accenture Llp
Adelphi University
Advamed
Aerojet-General Corp.
Aerovironment, Inc.
AFL-CIO
Agri-Mark Inc.
Air Transport Association Of America Inc.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Albert Einstein Healthcare
Alcatel-Lucent Usa, Inc.
Alcon Laboratories Inc.
Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Alliance For Quality Nursing Home Care
Alliance For Retired Americans
Allianz Of America Corp./Fireman's Fund Insurance
Alzheimer's Association
American Academy Of Actuaries
American Academy Of Otolaryngology-Head And Neck Surgery
American Academy Of Pediatrics
American Airlines
American Ambulance Association
American Association For Clinical Chemistry
American Association For Homecare
American Association For Justice
American Association Of Airport Executives
American Association Of Colleges For Teacher Education
American Association Of Colleges Of Nursing
American Association Of Colleges Of Osteopathic Medicine
American Association Of Community Colleges
American Association Of Orthodontists
American Association Of University Women
American Benefits Council
American Beverage Association
American Cancer Society Action Network Inc.
American Cancer Society High Plains Division Inc.
American Cancer Society South Atlantic Division Inc.
American Chemistry Council
American Chiropractic Association
American Clinical Laboratory Association
American College Of Gastroenterology
American College Of Nurse Practitioners
American College Of Physicians
American College Of Phyisicians Services Inc.
American College Of Rheumatology
American College Of Surgeons
American College Of Surgeons Professional Association
American Congress Of Obstetricians And Gynecologists
American Council On Education
American Dental Association
American Dental Education Association
American Diabetes Association
American Express Co.
American Family Mutual Insurance Co. (aka American Family Insurance Group)
American Farm Bureau
American Federation Of State County And Municipal Employees
American Federation Of Teachers
American Greyhound Track Operators Association
American Health Care Association
American Heart Association
American Homepatient
American Hospital Association
American Insurance Assn
American Iron And Steel Institute
American Lung Association
American Medical Association
American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association
American Nurses Association
American Occupational Therapy Association Inc (Aota)
American Osteopathic Association
American Petroleum Institute
American Pharmacists Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Public Health Association
American Public Human Services Association
American Public Power Association
American Public Transportation Association
American Rental Association
American Small Manufacturing Coalition
American Society Of Anesthesiologists
American Society Of Clinical Oncology
American Society Of Hematology
American Society Of Plant Biologists
American Sugar Alliance
Americans For Tax Reform
America's Health Insurance Plans Inc (AHIP)
Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
Amgen Usa, Inc.
AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology
Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Formerly Kerr Mcgee Corporation)
Aon
Apollo Group
Apple Inc
Apria Healthcare
Arc Of The United States
Arizona State University
Assn For Community Affiliated Plans
Associated Builders And Contractors Inc
Associated General Contractors Of America
Associated Universities Inc
Association For Advanced Life Underwriting
Association For Community Affiliated Plans
Association Of American Medical Colleges
Association Of American Universities
Association Of Community College Trustees
Association Of Independent Research Institutes
Association Of Jesuit Colleges And Universities
Association Of University Programs In Occupational Health And Safety
Assurant, Inc.
Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals Lp
Austin Peay State University
Autism Speaks

Bae Systems
Bank Of America N A
Banner Health
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Bayer Corporation
Baylor University
Bennett College
Beth Israel Medical Center
Beth Medrash Govoha
Biogen Idec Inc.
Biotechnology Industry Organization
Bipartisan Policy Center Advocacy Network, Inc.
Bituminous Coal Operators' Association, Inc.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Board Of Regents Of University Of Wisconsin System
Board Of Trustees - Northern Illinois University
Boeing Company
Boise Inc
Boise State University
Boston Scientific Corporation
BP America Inc
Brennan Center For Justice At New York University School Of Law
Bridgepoint Education
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Brookdale Community College
Brown-Forman Corporation
Burnham Developer Llc
Business Roundtable

Ca State Assembly
Cal State Fullerton
California Association Of Microenterprise Opportunity
California Association Of Realtors
California Association Of Winegrape Growers
California Healthcare Institute
California Hospital Association
California Institute Of Technology
California State University
Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids
Capella Education Company
Carolinas Healthcare System
CBS
Centene Corporation
Center For American Progress Action Fund
Center For Individual Freedom
Center On Budget And Policy Priorities
Central Piedmont Community College
Chamber Of Commerce Of The U S A
Charles Schwab & Co Inc
Cherokee Nation
Chesapeake Bay Foundaton Inc
Children's Hospital Of The King's Daughters
Children's Medical Center Of Dallas
Childworks, Pllc, On Behalf Of Family Voices
Cigar Association Of America Inc
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cisco Systems, Inc.
City Of Cleveland
City Of Dana Point California
City Of Jacksonville Florida
City Of Long Beach California
City Of Marysville
City Of Meridian
City Of Mesa
City Of Minneapolis
City Of New Orleans
City Of Richmond
City Of San Diego California
City Of Spokane
City Of Stockton
Clean Water Services
Clemson University
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Coalition Of Boston Teaching Hospitals
Coalition Of Urban Serving Universities
Coalition To Promote U S Agricultural Exports
College On Problems Of Drug Dependence
Comcast Corporation
Commercial Spaceflight Coalition
Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Committee For Education Funding
Common Cause
Commonwealth Of Kentucky
Community Catalyst
Comprehensive Health Management, Inc.
Conference Of Provincials Of North America
Conocophillips
Conservation Fund
Consol Energy Inc
Cornell University
Corporate Friends Of CDC, Inc.
Council For A Strong America
Council For Citizens Against Government Waste
Council On Social Work Education
County Of Hennepin, State Of Minnesota
County Of Riverside
Covanta Energy Corporation
Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Credit Union National Association
Crop Insurance And Reinsurance Bureau (Formerly Crop Insurance Research Bureau)
Crop Insurance Professional Association Llc (New Name)
Croplife America
Csx Corporation
CTIA: The Wireless Association
Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Cummins Inc
CVS Caremark Inc

Daiichi Sankyo Inc
Dairy Farmers Of America Inc
Dairylea Cooperative Inc
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Davita, Inc.
Defenders Of Wildlife
Delta Air Lines Inc
Dow Chemical Company
Drew University
Drexel University
Duke Energy (Formerly Cinergy Corporation)
Dunkin' Brands, Inc.
Dupont

Eads North America
East Alabama Medical Center
Easter Seals, Inc.
Eastern Municipal Water District
Eaton Corporation
Educational Credit Management Corporation
Eisai Inc
Eli Lilly And Company
Elliott Management Corporation
Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.
Environmental Working Group
Express Scripts Inc.
Exxon Mobil Corporation

Fairleigh Dickinson University
Families Usa Foundation Inc
Federation Of American Hospitals
Fermi Research Alliance LLC
Fifth Third Bancorp
Financial Services Forum
Financial Services Roundtable
First Focus
First Focus Campaign For Children
Fleishman-Hillard Inc.
Florida Farm Bureau Federation
Florida Memorial University
Food Marketing Institute
Foothill Transit
Fortress Investment Group
Fresenius Medical Care North America
Friends Committee On National Legislation
Fulcrum Bioenergy, Inc.

Gannett Company Inc
GE Aviation
Geisinger Health Systems Foundation
General Dynamics
General Electric Company
General Motors Corporation
General Motors LLC
Genesis Healthcare LLC (Formerly Listed As Genesis Healthcare Corporation)
Genworth Financial Inc
Genzyme Corporation
George Mason University Foundation
Georgia Health Sciences University
Georgia Institute Of Technology
Glaxosmithkline
Goldman Sachs & Co
Greater New York Hospital Association
Grocery Manufacturers Association

Halliburton Company
Hamilton County (Formerly Hoosier Heritage)
Hammack, Barry, Thaggard & May, LLP
Harden Healthcare, LLC
Hartford Financial Services Group
Harvard University—President And Fellows Of Harvard College
HCA Hospital Corporation Of America
Health Care For America Now
Health Care Navigator
Health Industry Group Purchasing Association
Health Net, Inc.
Healthcare Assn Of New York State
Healthcare Distribution Management Association
Healthcare Institute Of New Jersey
Healthfirst
Healthspring, Inc.
Heart Rhythm Society
Heritage Action For America
Hill-Rom Company
Holly Frontier Corporation (FKA Frontier Oil Corporation)
Honeywell International
Hormel Foods Corporation
Hospital & Healthsystem Association Of Pennsylvania
Hospital Sisters Health System
Huntington Bancshares Incorporated

IHS Inc.
Imperium Renewables
Independent Sector
Indiana Chamber Of Commerce Inc
ING North America Insurance Corporation
Institute For College Access & Success
Intel Corporation
Intelsat
International Association Of Plumbing And Mechanical Officials
International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers
International Brotherhood Of Teamsters
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)
International Federation Of Professional And Technical Engineers (IFPTE)
International Partnership For Microbicides
International Union Of Police Associations AFL-CIO
Iowa Hospital Association
Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Of America Inc
Iridium Satellite
Iroquois Healthcare Alliance
ITT Corporation (Formerly ITT Industries)

Jackson County, Missouri
Jewish Federation Of Metropolitan Chicago (JFMC)

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc
Kalispel Tribe Of Indians
Kansas City, Missouri
Kidney Care Council
Kidney Care Partners
Kindred Healthcare Inc
Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

Laborers' International Union Of North America
Land O'Lakes Inc
Lansing Community College
Large Public Power Council
Leadership Conference On Civil And Human Rights
Leadingage (FKA Amer Assoc Of Homes And Services For The Aging)
League Of Conservation Voters
LHC Group Inc
Lincoln National Corporation
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Lorillard Tobacco Company
Los Angeles Unified School District

Magellan Midstream Partners
Managed Funds Association
Marathon Oil Corporation
March Of Dimes
Maricopa Community College
Marketing Research Association (FKA: CMOR - Council For Marketing And Opinion R)
Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc.
Marshfield Clinic
Martin County Board Of County Commissioners
Marymount Manhattan College
Massachusetts Medical Society
Mayo Clinic
Medco Health Solutions Inc And Its Subsidiaries
Medicaid Health Plans Of America
Medimmune
Medtronic, Inc.
Melanoma Research Foundation
Merced County Association Of Governments
Merck And Co Inc.
Meridian Health
Metlife
Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority
Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc
Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company
Minnesota Corn Growers
Mission Springs Water District
Mississippi Development Authority
Missouri Farm Bureau Federation
Missouri Hospital Assocation
Monroe Chamber Of Commerce
Montefiore Medical Center
Morgan City Harbor & Terminal District
Mortgage Bankers Association
Motorola Mobility
Mutual Of Omaha
Myriad Genetic Laboratories, Inc.

NAIOP
Naral Pro-Choice America
National Active And Retired Federal Employees Association
National Affordable Housing Management Association (Nahma)
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
National Assn Of Independent Colleges & Universities
National Association For The Education Of Young Children
National Association Of Broadcasters
National Association Of Chemical Distributors
National Association Of Children's Hospitals (NACHRI)
National Association Of Community Health Centers
National Association Of Councils On Developmental Disabilities
National Association Of Federal Credit Unions
National Association Of Home Care And Hospice
National Association Of Letter Carriers
National Association Of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
National Association Of Police Organizations, Inc.
National Association Of Public Hospitals And Health Systems
National Association Of Thrift Savings Plan Participants
National Association Of Wholesaler-Distributors
National Business Aviation Association
National Cable & Telecommunications Association
National Center For Appropriate Technology
National Council For Community Behavioral Healthcare
National Council Of La Raza
National Council Of Social Security Management Associations
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (MITA)
National Fair Housing Alliance
National Fraternal Order Of Police
National Health Council
National Hemophilia Foundation
National Kidney Foundation
National Mining Association
National Multi Housing Council Inc.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
National Oilwell Varco
National Pace Association
National Psoriasis Foundation
National Restaurant Association
National Retail Federation
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
National Senior Corps Association
National Sorghum Producers
National Stone Sand And Gravel Association
National Taxpayers Union
National Telecommunications Cooperative Association
National Treasury Employees Union
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
Natl Assn Of Manufacturers
Natl Comm To Preserve Social Security & Medicare
Natl Cotton Council
Natl Council Of Farmer Cooperatives
Natl Education Assn
Natural Products Association
Nature Conservancy
NCR Corporation
Network
Neurofibromatosis, Inc. Midwest
Neurofibromatosis, Inc., Northeast
New Jersey Hospital Association
New Mexico State University
New York State Association Of Health Care Providers, Inc.
New York University
New York University Langone Medical Center
Nextera Energy, Inc. (Formerly FPL Group, Inc.)
NFIB (National Federation Of Independent Business)
NISH
Nisqually Indian Tribe
Nokia Inc
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Northeastern University
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company
Northwestern Univ
Novartis Corporation
Novo Nordisk Inc.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Oceana Inc
Ochsner Clinic Foundation
Ods Technologies L.P. D/B/A Tvg Network
Ohio University
Oklahoma Surgical Hospital
Orange County Fire Authority
Organogenesis Inc.
Owens & Minor, Inc.

Partners Healthcare Inc
Partnership For Quality Home Healthcare
Partnership For Quality Home Healthcare (Fmr The Home Health Advocacy Coalition)
Partnership To Fight Chronic Disease
Peabody Energy
Peabody Investments Corp
Pennsylvania State University
People For The American Way
Pfizer Inc.
Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA)
Pharmaceutical Research And Manufacturers Of America
Phrma Inc.
Pinnacle West Capital Corporation
Plainscapital Corporation
Planned Parenthood Action Fund Inc
Planned Parenthood Federation Of America Inc
Port Of Corpus Christi Authority
Premier, Inc.
Princeton University
Principal Financial Group
Private Equity Growth Capital Council
Procure Treatment Centers
Public Citizen

Qualcomm, Inc.
Quality Diabetes Care Coalition
Quest Diagnostics Incorporated

Rai Services Company Inc.
Ranbaxy Inc.
Redevelopment Agency Of The City Of Stockton
Renewable Biofuels
Retail Industry Leaders Association
Retiresafe
Rio Tinto Services Inc.
Rockwell Collins, Inc.
Rutgers The State University Of New Jersey

Salt River Project
San Diego County
San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency
Sanford Health
Satellite Industry Association
Scan Health Plan
Schepens Eye Research Institute
Securities Industry And Financial Markets Association
Select Milk Producers, Inc./Continental Dairy Products, Inc.
Sergeants Benevolent Association Of New York City
Service Employees International Union
Service Employees International Union CTW, CLC
Seton Hall University
Shinnecock Indian Nation
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council)
Smith Electric Vehicles
Society For Industrial And Applied Mathematics
Southern Illinois University
Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines Co.
Southwest Council Of Agribusiness
Spectrum Health
Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Spelman College
St Albans Cooperative Creamery Inc.
Stamps Com
Stanford University
Stevens Institute Of Technology
Suquamish Tribe
Susan G. Komen For The Cure Advocacy Alliance
Swisher International, Inc.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.
Taxpayers For Common Sense
Technology Network AKA Technet
Tenaska Inc.
Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Texas Biomedical Rsrch Inst (Formerly Known As Southwest Fdn For Biomed Rsrch )
Texas Farm Bureau
Texas Hospital Association
Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Employee Benefits Pool
Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation
The Advocacy Fund
The Babcock & Wilcox Company
The Bank Of New York Mellon
The Constitution Project
The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society
The Ohio State University
The Regence Group
The Rotary Foundation Of Rotary International
The Society Of Thoracic Surgeons
The Washington Tax Group
The Wireless Broadband Coalition (Wbc)
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Inc.
Thorn Run Partners
TIAA-CREF
Time Warner Cable
Traditional Values Coalition
Trust For America's Health
Trust For Public Land
Trustees Of Columbia University In The City Of New York
Tulane University

United Airlines Inc.
United Continental Holdings (Formerly Known As Continental Airlines Inc.)
United Negro College Fund Inc.
United Services Automobile Association
United Spinal Association
United Steel Paper & Forestry Rubber Manufacturing Energy
Unitedhealth Group Inc.
Unitedhealth Group, Inc.
University Corporation For Atmospheric Research
University Hospitals
University Hospitals Health System
University Of California
University Of Cincinnati
University Of Colorado
University Of Delaware
University Of Houston System
University Of Illinois
University Of Kansas
University Of Kentucky Research Foundation
University Of Massachusetts
University Of Medicine And Dentistry Of New Jersey
University Of Minnesota
University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine
University Of Pittsburgh
University Of Rochester
University Of Saint Francis
University Of Southern California
University Of Utah—Arup Laboratories
University Of Virginia
University Of Wisconsin-Madison
Upstate Niagara Cooperative Inc.
US Airways
USA Rice Federation

Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
Verizon Communications, Inc.
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
VHA Inc
Volunteers Of America
Volvo Car Corporation
Volvo Group North America LLC

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Washington University In St Louis
Waterways Council Inc.
Welch Allyn
Wellpoint, Inc.
Weston Solutions Incorporated
Willco Technologies
Williams Companies Inc.
Wills Eye Health System

Yale University
Yum! Brands Inc

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