Lobbyists featured on Influence Explorer have registered with the Senate Office of Public Records. Lobbyists regularly make campaign contributions above the disclosure threshold of $200 to politicians which makes their names appear in Federal Election Commission records. Their names also show up on lobbying disclosure forms when they lobby on a specific issue or company. All of this information will show up on a lobbyist's profile page on Influence Explorer.

Some of this data may be out of date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


The charts below display lobbyists' 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 Lobbyists

These charts show how contributions from lobbyists are distributed amongst political parties. The bar chart shows the top ten lobbyist who contribute funds and what party, or parties, they give to. The interactive pie chart will let you toggle between parties to see which lobbyist give the most to each party.

Contributions to Committees and Politicians' Campaigns from Lobbyists

These charts show how contributions from lobbyists are split between individual politicians and political committees. The bar chart lets you see which lobbyists give the most to political committees and and individual politicians. The interactive pie chart will allow you to toggle between the types of recipients.

Contributions in State and Federal Races from Lobbyists

These charts show the how contributions from lobbyists are split between federal and state campaigns. The bar chart shows the top lobbyist contributors on the state and federal levels. Use the interactive pie chart to toggle between views of top givers based on the level of government.

Contributions to In-State and Out-Of-State Candidates from Lobbyists

This chart shows how lobbyists distribute their money around the country. Lobbyists contribute money to politicians in their homes states and districts. However, many also give to campaigns and candidates who are not running to represent the places they live.