Editor’s Note: A good website to know about. A lot of data on lobbying available.
In addition to campaign contributions to elected officials and candidates, companies, labor unions, and other organizations spend billions of dollars each year to lobby Congress and federal agencies. Some special interests retain lobbying firms, many of them located along Washington’s legendary K Street; others have lobbyists working in-house. We’ve got totals spent on lobbying, beginning in 1998, for everyone from AAI Corp. to Zurich Financial.
Total Lobbying Spending
Number of Lobbyists*
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 28, 2014.
*The number of unique, registered lobbyists who have actively lobbied.
For each interest group, we offer:
Totals: A summary of political giving dating back to 1990 election cycle, including breakdowns by type of contribution and political party
Top contributors: A list of organizations (usually U.S. companies) that have given the most from that industry through their employees and political action committees
Top recipients: A list of candidates that have received the most from a particular industry
METHODOLOGY: The numbers on this page are based on contributions of $200 or more from PACs and individuals to federal candidates and from PACs, soft money (including directly from corporate and union treasuries) and individual donors to political parties and outside spending groups, as reported to the Federal Election Commission. Donations to Democrats, Donations to Republicans, and the associated percentages are based solely on contributions to candidates and parties. Independent expenditures and electioneering communications are not reflected in the breakdown by party.
All donations took place during the 2013-2014 election cycle and were released by the Federal Election Commission on Sunday, April 20, 2014.
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Although the defense sector contributes far less money to politicians than many other sectors, it is one of the most powerful in politics. The sector includes defense aerospace, defense electronics and other miscellaneous defense companies.
Individuals and political action committees associated with the defense sector contributed more than $27 million to political candidates and committees during the 2012 campaign cycle, with far more going to Republicans than Democrats: $16.4 million versus $11 million. [Read more Background]
Top Contributors, 2013-2014
Huntington Ingalls Industries
Sierra Nevada Corp
Contributions to Democrats Republicans Outside Spending Groups