Thirty of the top lobbying spenders for the first half of 1997, from an Associated Press database of federal disclosure reports for the period:

American Medical Association, $8,560,000

Chamber of Commerce of the United States, $7,000,000

Philip Morris, $5,900,000

General Motors, $5,200,000

Edison Electric Institute, $5,000,000

Pfizer, $4,600,000

United Technologies, $4,160,000

General Electric, $4,120,000

AT&T, $4,120,000

Citicorp, $4,100,000

Christian Coalition, $4,040,000

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, $4,020,000

Bell Atlantic, $3,960,000

American Association of Retired Persons, $3,680,000

Northrop Grumman, $3,594,197

Ford Motor Co., $3,478,000

American Hospital Association, $3,390,000

Texaco, $3,219,473

Ameritech, $3,200,000

IBM, $3,180,000

National Association of Realtors, $3,080,000

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association, $3,060,000

Association of American Railroads, $3,050,000

Sprint, $3,040,000

Motorola, $3,008,000

GTE, $2,900,000

Boeing, $2,900,000

Seniors Coalition, $2,889,958

SBC, $2,840,000

Exxon, $2,720,000