The consumer advocate group the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) has been cutting back considerably on their lobbying expenditures.

CRL spent $96,000 in the first quarter of 2011 on their federal legislative advocacy efforts. The group focuses on issues such as lending fees and other political issues. That figure is a major drop off -- by about $130,000 -- from what they allocated toward lobbying during Q1 of 2010; and it is $102,000 less than their lobbying expense for the fourth quarter of 2010.

CRL often lobbies against products such as payday loans, subprime credit cards and overdraft fees.

The organization is a major proponent for the newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB will oversee numerous financial services sectors and products throughout the U.S.