The federal sugar program, which was enacted in 1934, will likely survive the latest round of negotiations surrounding the 2013 farm bill due in large part to the $49 million the sugar industry spent lobbying members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, according to Chris Cillizza from In Play. "Even with the tremendous number of PAC dollars and intense lobbying efforts by a well-funded sugar producer lobby, those of us seeking reform of an outdated U.S. sugar program were only 12 votes shy in the U.S. House of Representatives," said NCA's Susan Smith.

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