Lobbying–From the Center for Responsible Politics


This list is from OpenSecrets. I thought it was interesting enough to share. Because this is not a published article, my inserted comments are in this large green type.

Open Secrets is a website project of The Center for Responsible Politics and is a non-partisan effort. It is so little known that I’m including a part of their “About” page.

The Center for Responsive Politics is the nation’s premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the organization aims to create a more educated voter, an involved citizenry and a more transparent and responsive government. In short, the Center’s mission is to:

  • Inform citizens about how money in politics affects their lives
  • Empower voters and activists by providing unbiased information
  • Advocate for a transparent and responsive government

These are the top twenty lobby expenditures for the first months of 2013

US Chamber of Commerce $16,780,000
National Assn of Realtors $8,521,145
Blue Cross/Blue Shield $6,181,720
Northrop Grumman $5,870,000
General Electric $5,710,000
Pharmaceutical Rsrch & Mfrs of America $5,300,000
American Medical Assn $5,095,000
Exxon Mobil $4,840,000
United Technologies $4,710,000
Comcast Corp $4,480,000
American Hospital Assn $4,260,000
AT&T Inc $4,260,000
National Assn of Broadcasters $4,200,000
Merck & Co $4,190,000
National Cable & Telecommunications Assn $4,170,000
Google Inc $4,100,000
Southern Co $3,770,000
Lockheed Martin $3,733,046
Verizon Communications $3,714,000
Chevron Corp $3,660,000

To provide a different perspective here is the information from 2010

US Chamber of Commerce $157,187,500
PG&E Corp $45,510,000
General Electric $39,290,000
FedEx Corp $25,582,074
American Medical Assn $22,555,000
AARP $22,050,000
Pharmaceutical Rsrch & Mfrs of America $21,740,000
Blue Cross/Blue Shield $20,893,141
American Hospital Assn $19,738,358
ConocoPhillips $19,626,382
United Technologies $18,310,000
Boeing Co $18,124,000
National Cable & Telecommunications Assn $17,710,000
National Assn of Realtors $17,580,000
Verizon Communications $16,850,000
Northrop Grumman $15,740,000
AT&T Inc $15,395,078
National Assn of Broadcasters $13,710,000
Pfizer Inc $13,380,000
Southern Co $13,220,000

And here’s the historical record.

Total Lobbying Spending
1998 $1,447,257,435 $1.45 Billion
1999 $1,437,466,787 $1.44 Billion
2000 $1,560,341,938 $1.56 Billion
2001 $1,627,944,729 $1.63 Billion
2002 $1,815,685,678 $1.82 Billion
2003 $2,041,521,943 $2.04 Billion
2004 $2,176,631,997 $2.18 Billion
2005 $2,422,557,900 $2.42 Billion
2006 $2,617,064,685 $2.62 Billion
2007 $2,855,893,190 $2.86 Billion
2008 $3,299,015,603 $3.30 Billion
2009 $3,501,710,884 $3.50 Billion
2010 $3,546,997,235 $3.55 Billion
2011 $3,327,590,678 $3.33 Billion
2012 $3,304,408,348 $3.30 Billion
2013 $820,012,190 $0.82 Billion
Number of Lobbyists*
1998 $10,408 10,408
1999 $12,937 12,937
2000 $12,536 12,536
2001 $11,832 11,832
2002 $12,118 12,118
2003 $12,915 12,915
2004 $13,169 13,169
2005 $14,073 14,073
2006 $14,502 14,502
2007 $14,845 14,845
2008 $14,215 14,215
2009 $13,803 13,803
2010 $12,972 12,972
2011 $12,711 12,711
2012 $12,411 12,411
2013 $9,434 9,434

NOTE: Figures are on this page are calculations by the Center for Responsive Politics based on data from the Senate Office of Public Records. Data for the most recent year was downloaded on April 29, 2013.

“Just saying'”

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