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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

Information

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.

Latest FEC Data

covers through committee's December 31, 2012 filing.
  • Summary

    overview of the committee's finances
    Total Raised:
    $702,845
    Total Spent:
    $848,135
    Cash on Hand:
    $41,652
    Debts:
    $0

Standardized Donation Information

covers roughly through Q4 2013. may lag behind FEC section above, as donors and industries are identified by hand.
  • Top Recipients

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

    in dollars
  • State vs. Federal

    in dollars
  • Top PAC Recipients

    PAC Color Block
    Organization's PAC(s)
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    Includes contributions from the organization’s employees, their family members, and its political action committee.
View all campaign finance data for Darden Restaurants Sources: OpenSecrets.org FollowTheMoney.org

Lobbying

$2,730,000 Spent
Information

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.

covers roughly through Q3, 2013

Lobbying on Behalf of Darden Restaurants

  • Names of Lobbyists
  • Firm Hired Amount
    Darden Restaurants $2,730,000
  • Most Frequently Disclosed Lobbying Issues
    • Taxes,
    • Health Issues,
    • Agriculture,
    • Labor, Antitrust & Workplace,
    • Immigration,
    • Food Industry,
    • Finance,
    • Trade,
    • Environment & Superfund,
    • Insurance
  • Most Frequently Disclosed Bills
    Bill No. Title
    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.
    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.496 A bill to amend the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act to repeal a duplicative program relating to inspection and grading of catfish.
    H.R.2164 Legal Workforce Act
    H.R.3729 To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend and expand the charitable deduction for contributions of food inventory.
    H.R.2082 Work Opportunity Credit Improvements Act
    S.1196 Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act
    S.166 Good Samaritan Hunger Relief Tax Incentive Extension Act of 2011
    H.R.1081 Consumers Payment System Protection Act
    H.R.3098 Renewable Fuel Standard Elimination Act
View all lobbying data for Darden Restaurants Sources: Lobbyist Registration Tracker OpenSecrets.org

Regulations

Mentioned in 11 dockets; Submitted to 2 dockets
Information

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.