Lobbying Organizations

Lobbying firms are paid lots of money to advocate for their clients' interests. They work to influence policy makers on the local, state and federal levels of government. Also included in this category are organizations including corporations that have in-house lobbying operations to influence policy and push their interests forward on their own. Billions of dollars are spent each year lobbying the government–a testament to how important this activity is to so many interests.

Some of this data may be out of date

State influence data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics changed in format and availability during the 2013-2014 election cycle. While we work to integrate their new style of data release, state-level campaign finance data for the 2014 cycle and beyond will be unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience, but heartily recommend trying out their snazzy new site at FollowTheMoney.org!

Campaign Finance

$631,655,441 GIVEN

The charts below display lobbying organizations' contributions to federal and state races. For federal races, only political contributions over $200 are included in these totals. This is because the Federal Election Commission only requires campaigns to itemize contributions that are more than $200. For state races, the threshhold for itemizing each contribution varies by state.

For more information, see our Campaign Finance Methodology page.

federal data covers from 1989 roughly through Q2 2014
state-level data is not available in bulk for 2014. for current state data, browse http://followthemoney.org/

Contributions to Parties from Lobbying Organizations

These charts show what political parties lobbying groups give their money to. The bar chart shows the top ranking groups by contribution amount and what political party got the money. The pie chart can be used to toggle between political party and see which group gave the most to which side of the aisle.

Contributions in State and Federal Races from Lobbying Organizations

These charts show the break down of political giving by lobbying groups on the federal and state levels. The bar chart shows the top givers on each level of government. Use the interactive pie chart to toggle between the federal and state levels to see which groups gave the most on each level.

Contributions from Lobbying Organizations and Their Associated Individuals

These charts show what contributions from lobbying groups come from individuals associated with a particular group or from a group's political action committee. Use the interactive bar chart to see which top giving group's contributions are made up of PAC contributions or contributions from individuals.