Darden Restaurants

Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) is a multi-brand restaurant operator headquartered in Orlando, Florida, USA. The firm owns several casual dining restaurant chains, most notably Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, and Red Lobster. Darden owns and operates 1,800 restaurant locations throughout North America and has more than 180,000 employees, making it the largest full-service casual dining company in the world by number of stores. Darden does not franchise its restaurants in the United States, but many of its international locations are not under corporate control.

Source: Wikipedia

Campaign Finance

$3,512,349 Given
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  • 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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covers roughly through Q4 2013
  • Top Recipients

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    Includes contributions from the organization’s employees, their family members, and its political action committee.
  • Republicans vs. Democrats

    in dollars. "Other" includes 3rd parties and organizations without official party affiliation.
  • State vs. Federal

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  • Top PAC Recipients

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View all campaign finance data for Darden Restaurants Sources: OpenSecrets.org FollowTheMoney.org

Lobbying

$8,839,880 Spent
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covers roughly through Q4, 2013

Lobbying on Behalf of Darden Restaurants

  • Names of Lobbyists
  • Firm Hired Amount
    Darden Restaurants $8,839,880
  • Most Frequently Disclosed Lobbying Issues
    • Taxes,
    • Food Industry,
    • Labor, Antitrust & Workplace,
    • Health Issues,
    • Immigration,
    • Trade,
    • Agriculture,
    • Environment & Superfund,
    • Finance,
    • Natural Resources
  • Most Frequently Disclosed Bills
    Bill No. Title
    H.R.759 Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act of 2009
    H.R.875 Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009
    H.R.1265 To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the 15-year recovery period for qualified leasehold improvement property, qualified restaurant property, and qualified retail improvement property.
    H.R.1332 Safe FEAST Act of 2009
    H.R.1398 Labeling Education and Nutrition Act of 2009
    S.510 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
    S.558 Labeling Education and Nutrition Act of 2009
    S.687 A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the 15-year recovery period for qualified leasehold improvement property, qualified restaurant property, and qualified retail improvement property.
    S.1313 Good Samaritan Hunger Relief Tax Incentive Extension Act of 2009
    H.R.3200 America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009
View all lobbying data for Darden Restaurants Sources: Lobbyist Registration Tracker OpenSecrets.org

Regulations

Mentioned in 42 dockets; Submitted to 8 dockets
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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.

updated daily from Regulations.gov by way of Docket Wrench

The tables show occurrences of "Darden Restaurants" in public comments on proposed federal regulations.

Advisory Committees

1 person on 1 committee
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Data is based on disclosures required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Matches are based on the occurrence of the company name in the committee member affiliation. Variations in company names may cause some matches to be missed.

The table shows only the top 10 agencies. To search and download raw records from the complete dataset see the FACA data section.

covers through 2011

Table shows employees of "Darden Restaurants" that sat on federal advisory committees.

  • Agency
  • Representation
  • Toggle Office of the United States Trade Representative 1 person on 1 committee
View all advisory committee data for Darden Restaurants