Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A, NYSE: BRK.B) is a conglomerate holding company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, United States, that oversees and manages a number of subsidiary companies. The company averaged an annual growth in book value of 20.3% to its shareholders for the last 44 years, while employing large amounts of capital, and minimal debt. Berkshire Hathaway stock produced a total return of 76% from 2000-2010 versus a negative 11.3% return for the S&P; 500.

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Campaign Finance

$11,353,882 Given

Figures are based on itemized contributions reported to the Federal Election Commission and state agencies. Please note that:

  • contributions under $200 are not reported, and so are not included in totals.
  • only contributions from individuals and organizations to candidates are included. Various accounting measures and more exotic contribution types are excluded.
  • contributions are matched based on organization and recipient name reported within each election cycle. Contributions using an incorrect or non-standard version of the name may be missed.
  • corporate name changes and mergers may cause figures to differ from those of the Center for Responsive Politics.
  • organization totals include known subsidiaries of the organization.

For more information, please see our campaign finance methodology page. Lobbyist bundling data is described on our lobbyist bundling methodology page.

federal data covers from 1989 roughly through Q2 2014
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    in dollars. "Other" includes 3rd parties and organizations without official party affiliation.
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$60,212,917 Spent

Figures are based on lobbying activity reported to the Senate Office of Public Records. Reported dollar amounts are required to be accurate only to the nearest $20,000. For organizations whose primary business is lobbying, we display total income and top clients. For organizations that are not primarily lobbying firms, we display total amount spent on lobbying and top lobbying firms hired.

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covers roughly through Q2, 2014

Lobbying on Behalf of Berkshire Hathaway

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Mentioned in 248 dockets; Submitted to 9 dockets

All data is based on documents downloaded from The first table shows mentions: all documents that include the name of the company anywhere in the document or document metadata. The second table shows submissions: all documents where the submitter metadata included the company name. Each table shows the top 10 dockets, ranked by number of occurrences.

Matches are based on a search for the company name. Variations in the company name, such as acronyms, nicknames or alternate names may cause documents to be missed. The mention of a company name in a document may be incidental and does not necessarily indicate that the company has any relevance to the document. Company names that are common English words may erroneously match with text that is not referring to the company.

Not all agencies submit public comments to For a list of participating and non-participating agencies see here. Agencies that do submit to have varying levels of accuracy and completeness.

Regulations and public comments can be downloaded in bulk here.

updated daily from by way of Docket Wrench

The tables show occurrences of "Berkshire Hathaway" in public comments on proposed federal regulations.

EPA Violations

13 Enforcement Actions

Figures are based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s ECHO website. The ECHO database contains federal and state environmental enforcement actions. Data displayed here includes only those actions that began after 2000 and resulted in fines of over $1 million.

Actions where the company was the sole defendant are listed first. Actions where the company is one of multiple defendants are listed subsequently.

For more information see our EPA methodology page.

covers through EPA's October 19, 2011 release
Case Name Defendant Date Locations Amount
Burlington Northern And Sante Fe Railway Burlington Northern And Santa Fe 2005 Albuquerque, Nm $64,325,000
Libby Asbestos Site Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company 2003 Libby, Mt $3,647,000
Chemical Commodities; Ashland Bnsf Railway Company (+9 others) 2009 Olathe, Ks $14,377,138
Casmalia Resources - Tier Ii De Minimis Aoc The BNSF Railway Company (+23 others) 2003 Casmalia, Ca $8,168,000
Armour Road Npl Site; U.S. Borax, Inc Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company (+4 others) 2006 North Kansas City, ... $6,900,000
Bunker Hill: Wallace Yard Removal Bnsf Railway Company (+1 others) 2010 Kellogg, Id $6,509,964
Midamerican Energy Company And The City Of Le Mars, Iowa Midamerican Energy Company (+1 others) 2007 Le Mars, Ia $4,600,000
Industrial Pollution Control (Ipc) (Cost Recovery Agmt) McLane Southern, Inc. (+236 others) 2003 Jackson, Ms $3,440,369
Midamerican Energy Company And Iowa Illinois Manor, Llc Midamerican Energy Company (+1 others) 2008 Iowa City, Ia $2,020,100
Fruit Of The Loom (Bankruptcy) (Velsicol (Hardeman County/Tennessee Products/N. Hollywood (Nc) Fruit of the Loom, Inc. (+2 others) 2008 Chattanooga, Tn; Memphis, ... $1,800,000
View all EPA violations data for Berkshire Hathaway Sources: EPA ECHO Enforcement Data