Visa Paid Lobbyist $200,000

Visa USA Inc., the domestic division of Visa Inc., paid Timmons & Co. $200,000 to lobby the federal government in the first half of 2007, according to a disclosure form.

The firm lobbied on various pieces of legislation dealing with personal data privacy and identity theft, Internet gambling, health information technology and more, according to the form posted online Aug. 7 by the Senate’s public records office.

San Francisco-based Visa, the biggest credit card network in the U.S., in June filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering expected early next year. It would become the last of the four major credit card networks to go public following Discover Financial Services LLC, American Express Co. and MasterCard Inc.

Daniel Shapiro, former deputy chief of staff for Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is among those registered to lobby on behalf of Visa.

Under a federal law enacted in 1995, lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the executive and legislative branches. They must register with Congress within 45 days of being hired or engaging in lobbying.

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