General Motors

General Motors (NYSE: GM, TSX: GMM.U) is an American multinational automaker based in Detroit, Michigan and the world's second largest automaker. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 209,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in some 157 countries. General Motors produces cars and trucks in 31 countries, and sells and services these vehicles through the following divisions: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Opel, Vauxhall, and Holden. GM's OnStar subsidiary provides vehicle safety, security and information services.

Source: Wikipedia

Campaign Finance

$13,179,571 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
state-level data is not available in bulk for 2014. for current state data, browse
  • Top Recipients

    PAC Color Block
    Organization's PAC(s)
    Employee Color Block
    Associated Individuals
    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

    in dollars
  • Top PAC Recipients

    PAC Color Block
    Organization's PAC(s)
    Employee Color Block
    Associated Individuals
    Includes contributions from the organization’s employees, their family members, and its political action committee.
  • Bundled Contributions

    Money raised by the firm from multiple donors on behalf of the recipient. The firm's own contributions are not included.
    Recipient Lobbyist Amount
    David H. Dewhurst John Montford $100,100
View all campaign finance data for General Motors Sources:


$150,614,170 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.

For more information, please see our lobbying methodology page.

covers roughly through Q2, 2014

Lobbying on Behalf of General Motors

View all lobbying data for General Motors Sources: Lobbyist Registration Tracker


Mentioned in 2641 dockets; Submitted to 147 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 "General Motors" in public comments on proposed federal regulations.


$1,600,000 Received

Figures are based on both committee earmark disclosures and on analysis of appropriations bill text. Table shows top 10 earmarks, ordered by dollar amount in the final version of the bill.

For more information, see our Earmark Methodology page.

Top Earmarks

Fiscal Year Amount Description
2010 $1,600,000 General Motors: Advance Propulsion Non-Tactical Vehicle
View all earmarks data for General Motors

Federal Spending

46 grants; 207 contracts

Federal grants, contracts and loans are reported by federal agencies using the FPDS and FAADS systems. The data is made available to the public at Please note that the completeness and quality of the data varies greatly by agency.

Only grants, contracts and loans with amounts over $1 million are shown.

Because company names are not reported in a standardized manner, we cannot reliably determine the company receiving the contract or award. The results shown here are based on a search for the company name. Individual records may be missed or erroneously included because of name variations. For more information, please see our federal spending methodology page.

covers through's Sept. 15, 2012 release for contracts and Oct. 19, 2012 for grants.

Note: Company names in federal spending data are not standardized. The table below is included only as a sample of what is available in the data and has not been reviewed for accuracy or completeness. To investigate the data further, use the links at the bottom of the table.

Type Recipient Name Year Agency Description Amount
General Motors Corporation 2001 $43,051,866
General Motors Corporation 2001 $35,413,795
General Motors Corporation 2007 VEH POWER TRANSMISSION COMPONENTS $33,894,609
General Motors Corporation 2007 VEH POWER TRANSMISSION COMPONENTS $32,573,638
General Motors Corporation 2007 FUNDING EFFORT FOR THE UPGRADE OF 163 X1100-3B TRANSMISSIONS. $32,333,088
General Motors Corporation 2000 Federal Acquisition Service $30,802,000
General Motors Corporation 2005 $30,000,506
General Motors Corporation 2007 X200-4A TRANSMISSIONS $27,928,757
General Motors Corporation 2009 Federal Acquisition Service TAS::47 0505::TAS SEDAN, COMPACT, 4 DOOR, HYBRID ELECTRIC $26,680,000
General Motors Corporation 2007 VEH POWER TRANSMISSION COMPONENTS $24,186,282
View all grant & loan data for General Motors View all contract data for General Motors Sources:

Contractor Misconduct

19 Instances

This information is collected by the Project On Government Oversight from press releases, court documents, news reports and other public records. It is not meant to be an exhaustive account of all instances of federal contractor misconduct.

More information on each instance, including primary source documents, is available on POGO's site by clicking on the instance description. More information on POGO's methodology is available here.

covers through POGO's March 5, 2013 release
Misconduct Type Hired By Incident Year Disposition Penalty
Environment None Old GM Environmental Liabilities Settlement 2010 Settlement $773,000,000
Securities None In re General Motors Securities Litigation 2008 Settlement $277,000,000
Non-governmental Contract Fraud Non-Governmental Breach of Contract 2000 Judgment Against Defendant $181,500,000
Environment None Violations of the Clean Air Act 1995 Settlement $45,000,000
Labor None In re General Motors ERISA Litigation 2008 Settlement $37,500,000
Consumer Affairs Non-Governmental Breach of Contract and Negligence 1996 Settlement $32,000,000
Environment None Cleanup at Superfund Sites in New Jersey, Maryland and Missouri 2012 Settlement $23,798,334
Import/Export International Unauthorized Export of Technical Data 2004 Administrative Agreement $15,000,000
Environment None Violations of Motor Vehicle Emissions Standards 1997 Settlement $1,300,000
Labor None Violations of the Civil Rights Act 2001 Settlement $1,250,000
View all contractor misconduct data for General Motors Sources: Federal Contractor Misconduct Database from POGO

EPA Violations

33 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
General Motors Bedford Admin Order On Consent (Cercla) General Motors Corporation 2003 Bedford, In $20,000,000
Motors Liquidation Company Bankruptcy (F/K/A General Motors) (National Case) General Motors Corporation 2011 Detroit, Mi $9,650,000
General Motors Corporation - Pontiac Centerpoint Campus General Motors Corporation 2007 Pontiac, Mi $5,001,000
General Motors Corporation - Livonia General Motors Corporation 2007 Livonia, Mi $5,001,000
General Motors Corporation Van Slyke Complex General Motors Corporation Van Slyke Complex 2009 Flint, Mi $2,000,000
General Motors Corporation General Motors Corp 2001 Massena, Ny $1,245,832
Hayford Bridge Road Aka Findett General Motors 2007 Saint Charles, Mo $1,135,000
Alliance Chemical Inc Et Al. General Motors Corporation (+71 others) 2007 Newark, Nj $37,000,000
Outboard Marine Corporation - Remedial Action General Motors Corporation (+5 others) 2011 Waukegan, Il $27,000,000
Air Products & Chemical, Inc Et Al General Motors Corporation (+40 others) 2005 Elkton, Md $24,500,000
View all EPA violations data for General Motors Sources: EPA ECHO Enforcement Data

Advisory Committees

99 people on 72 committees

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 "General Motors" that sat on federal advisory committees.

  • Agency
  • Representation
  • Toggle National Science Foundation 37 people on 22 committees
  • Toggle Environmental Protection Agency 19 people on 8 committees
  • Toggle Department of Transportation 9 people on 6 committees
  • Toggle Department of Health and Human Services 10 people on 9 committees
  • Toggle Department of Commerce 7 people on 10 committees
  • Toggle Department of Energy 7 people on 6 committees
  • Toggle Department of State 4 people on 3 committees
  • Toggle Department of Homeland Security 2 people on 2 committees
  • Toggle Department of Labor 2 people on 2 committees
  • Toggle Department of Defense 1 person on 2 committees
View all advisory committee data for General Motors