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Reed Elsevier is a major specialist publisher for professional users in four target areas of science & medical, legal, education and business publications and services.

In February 2005, Reed Elsevier reported revenues for 2004 of almost £5bn. "In 2004, we published more than 15,000 different journals, books and reference works, as well as more than 500 online information services and organised more than 430 trade exhibitions," it states on its website.

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Reed Elsevier announced on April 12, 2012, that it had resigned its board seat and dropped its ALEC membership "after considering the broad range of criticism being leveled at ALEC"[1]

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Reed Elsevier's Role as an Arms Fair Organiser

In September 2005 The Lancet, a leading medical journal, requested that Reed Elsevier, the journal's parent company, divest itself of business interests that "threaten human health." [1]

The magazine's editor made the request after becoming aware Spearhead Exhibitions, a Reed Elsevier subsidiary, organised the Defence Systems and Equipment international (DSEi) arms fair between September 13-16 2005 in London. [2] At the 2003 DSEi exhibition some of the arms merchants displaying their wares sold cluster bombs. While the company promotes its corporate social responsibility credentials, Reed Elsevier Group spokesman, Stephen J. Cowden, was unmoved by The Lancet's appeal. Citing its role as a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, Cowden wrote that "it is our view that the defence industry is necessary for upholding national security for the preservation of democratic values." [3] He did not address the specific concern about cluster bombs.

Political contributions

Reed Elsevier gave $64,000 to federal candidates in the U.S. 2006 election through its political action committee - 28% to Democrats and 72% to Republicans. [2]


The company spent $1,660,000 for lobbying in the U.S. in the first half of 2007. Some lobbying firms used were Venable, Podesta Group, Jefferson Consulting Group, and Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. [3]



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Contact details

Reed Elsevier Group Offices:

1-3 Strand
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7930 7077
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7166 5799

Radarweg 29
1043 NX
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 485 2222
Fax: +31 (0)20 618 0325

125 Park Avenue
23rd Floor
New York
NY 10017
Tel: +1 212 309 5498
Fax: +1 212 309 5480

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  1. Martinne Geller and Jennifer Saba, Reed Elsevier, Wendy's drop conservative group, Reuters, April 12, 2012
  2. 2006 PAC Summary Data, Open Secrets, accessed November 2007.
  3. Reed Elsevier lobbying expenses, Open Secrets, accessed November 2007.

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