What 25 of the biggest healthcare companies spent on lobbying in 2017

Some of the country's biggest healthcare companies spent roughly $61 million on political campaigns, trade associations, nonprofits and ballot initiatives in 2017, according to an analysis released by MapLight.

For the analysis, MapLight examined data from the Center for Political Accountability. MapLight found healthcare giants donated $37 million to political trade associations like the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, America's Health Insurance Plans and the Healthcare Leadership Council.

Here is the amount 25 of the largest healthcare companies spent on lobbying in 2017, ranked from highest to lowest:

1. Merck — $13.1 million
2. Amgen — $6.6 million
3. Biogen — $6.1 million
4. Anthem — $5.5 million
5. Pfizer — $5.4 million
6. Johnson & Johnson — $4.4 million
7. Celgene — $4.4 million
8. UnitedHealth Group — $2.2 million
9. Allergan — $1.7 million
10. Cigna — $1.7 million
11. Bristol-Myers Squibb — $1.6 million
12. Express Scripts — $1.5 million
13. Eli Lilly — $1.2 million
14. Gilead Sciences — $998,441
15. Humana — $987,268
16. AmerisourceBergen — $874,843
17. Aetna — $810,049
18. Abbott Laboratories — $603,868
19. AbbVie — $444,200
20. Baxter International — $443,943
21. Medtronic — $396,270
22. Cerner — $267,750
23. Edwards Lifesciences — $145,430
24. Thermo Fisher Scientific — $104,259
25. McKesson — $96,000

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