The Lobbying Database, who gives how much for what


If anyone wonders why the votes taken by Congress turn out the way they do, this excellent work by Open Secrets gives us all the info we need. If you have a few moments of leisure on a Saturday, here is the place to go:

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. They have got totals spent on lobbying, beginning in 1998, for everyone from AAI Corp. to Zurich Financial.

You can use the options on the website to search through their database in several ways: search by name for a company, lobbying firm or individual lobbyist; search for the total spending by a particular industry; view the interests that lobbied a particular government agency; or search for lobbying on a general issue or specific piece of legislation.

Information over here at Open Secrets

5 Responses to “The Lobbying Database, who gives how much for what”

  1. Jersey McJones Says:

    Lobbying, in and of itself, is benign. Fronting for moneyed interests to steer elections is another thing. We have got to come up with an amendment to the constitution that sets rules for elections, because it’s the only way to do it, and it’s the only way finally stop the legal bribery, fraud, collusion, racketeering, blackmailing, and the rest of those demons, that dominates the governing class. I understand it won’t stop pork spending, if anything it might increase it, but it would go a long way to governing by broader majorities, rather than being tied to those who happen to represent the few stopping up everything if they don’t get their way.

    JMJ

    Liked by 1 person

    • bunkerville Says:

      It needs to stop if we are ever to have an honest government.

      Like

    • silverfiddle Says:

      Jersey,
      I agree with your diagnosis, but I don’t know what the solution is. However you set up the rules, somebody will have an advantage over someone else.

      Like

  2. the unit Says:

    I love the title to your article today. Sounds like old Abbot and Costello skit… could be Who (on first) gives how much to What (on second and I Don’t Know (on third) says what difference, at this point, does it make because of the officiating. LOL

    Liked by 1 person

    • bunkerville Says:

      Billions of dollars spent without concern for the American interest often times.

      Liked by 1 person


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