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.
Campaign Finance$10,769,725 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.
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Republicans vs. Democratsin dollars. "Other" includes 3rd parties and organizations without official party affiliation.
State vs. Federalin dollars
Top PAC Recipients
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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.
For more information, please see our lobbying methodology page.
Lobbying on Behalf of Berkshire Hathaway
Names of Lobbyists
Firm Hired Amount BNSF Railway $27,270,000 MidAmerican Energy $12,102,917 PacifiCorp $1,414,650 NetJets Inc $1,210,000 NetJets Inc $1,210,000 Russell Corp $220,000 McLane Co $40,000
Most Frequently Disclosed Lobbying Issues
- Energy & Nuclear Power,
- Environment & Superfund,
- Clean Air & Water,
- Fed Budget & Appropriations,
- Homeland Security,
Most Frequently Disclosed Bills
Bill No. Title H.R.233 Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009 S.146 Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009 H.R.2454 American Clean Energy And Security Act of 2009 S.49 Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2011 S.158 Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2011 S.1733 Green Taxis Act of 2009 H.R.1789 Comprehensive Rail Infrastructure Investment Act of 2009 H.R.3398 Klamath Basin Economic Restoration Act of 2011 S.699 Department of Energy Carbon Capture and Sequestration Program Amendments Act of 2011 S.1220 Fulfilling U.S. Energy Leadership Act of 2011
RegulationsMentioned in 144 dockets; Submitted to 3 dockets
All data is based on documents downloaded from Regulations.gov. 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 Regulations.gov. For a list of participating and non-participating agencies see here. Agencies that do submit to Regulations.gov have varying levels of accuracy and completeness.
Regulations and public comments can be downloaded in bulk here.
The tables show occurrences of "Berkshire Hathaway" in public comments on proposed federal regulations.
Documents Submitted by the Organization
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- Toggle 1 NHTSA Insurer Reporting Requirements; List of Insurer Required to File Reports 2002
- Toggle 1 DOT Special Rules for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (beyond-perimeter exemptions, i.e., service to another airport more than 1,250 miles away from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport) 2012
- Toggle 1 NHTSA Calendar Year 1999 Insurer Submissions under 49 CFR 544 2004
Mentions in Document Text
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- Toggle 6 DOT British Airways, PLC - Acquisition of a Significant Equity Interest in USAIR 2006
- Toggle 5 EPA Criteria and Standards for Cooling Water Intake Structures 2008
- Toggle 5 TREAS Review by the Treasury Department of the Regulatory Structure Associated with Financial Institutions 2007
- Toggle 4 EPA Clean Air Transport Rule 2009
- Toggle 4 NHTSA Insurer Reporting Requirements; List of Insurer Required to File Reports 2002
- Toggle 4 NHTSA Calender Year 1998 Insurer Submissions - Notice 1 2002
- Toggle 4 NHTSA Insurer Reporting Requirements; List of Insurers Required to File Reports 2009
- Toggle 4 TREAS Public Input on the Report to Congress on How to Modernize and Improve the System of Insurance Regulation in the United States 2011
- Toggle 3 NHTSA Insurers Reporting Requirements List of Insurers 2008 2008
- Toggle 3 EPA Wool Fiberglass Manufacturing NESHAP Risk and Technology Review 2010
EPA Violations13 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.
|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|