With political pressure rising and the midterm elections approaching, a top drug industry trade group has set another record for lobbying spending in Washington.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America spent $15.5 million lobbying the federal government in the first half of this year. That’s the most PhRMA has spent in a comparable six-month period since at least 2001, the earliest year online records are available, according to lobbying disclosure filings updated on Friday.

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