Sony Corporation (Japanese: ソニー株式会社, Sonī Kabushiki Gaisha?) (TYO: 6758, NYSE: SNE), or commonly referred to as Sony, is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, Japan and the world's fifth largest media conglomerate with revenue exceeding ¥ 7.730.0 trillion, or $78.88 billion U.S. (FY2008). Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics, video, communications, video game consoles, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its founders Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka derived the name from sonus, the Latin word for sound, and also from the English slang word "sonny", since they considered themselves to be "sonny boys", a loan word into Japanese which in the early 1950s connoted smart and presentable young men.
Campaign Finance$2,275,170 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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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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Lobbying on Behalf of Sony Corp
Names of Lobbyists
Firm Hired Amount Sony Music Entertainment $15,410,000 Sony Electronics $7,318,000 Sony BMG Music Entertainment $1,560,000 Fleishman-Hillard Inc $20,000
Most Frequently Disclosed Lobbying Issues
- Copyright, Patent & Trademark,
- Radio & TV Broadcasting,
- Consumer Product Safety,
- Computers & Information Tech,
- Environment & Superfund,
- Science & Technology
Most Frequently Disclosed Bills
Bill No. Title H.R.848 Performance Rights Act H.R.4314 H.R.4315 United States War Bonds Act of 2009 H.R.4316 Affordable Footwear Act of 2009 H.R.4317 Foster Care Mentoring Act of 2009 H.R.4319 Specially Adapted Housing Assistance Enhancement Act of 2009 H.R.4524 Blue Ridge Parkway Protection Act H.R.4886 H.R.4887 TRICARE Affirmation Act S.379 Performance Rights Act
RegulationsMentioned in 121 dockets; Submitted to 1 docket
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 "Sony Corp" in public comments on proposed federal regulations.
Documents Submitted by the Organization
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Mentions in Document Text
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- Toggle 3 FDA Laser Display Device 2012
- Toggle 2 EPA Preliminary 2006 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan 2004
- Toggle 2 FAA U.S. DOT/FAA - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 2002
- Toggle 2 EERE Energy Efficiency Program for Consumer Products: Public Meeting and the Availability of the Framework Document for Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts 2007
- Toggle 2 Laser Products; Proposed Amendment to Performance Standard 2011
- Toggle 2 NHTSA Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard; Rearview Mirrors 2009
- Toggle 1 ITC Investigations: Certain Video Analytics Software, Systems, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same 2011
- Toggle 1 ITC Investigations: Certain Electronic Devices, Including Wireless Communication Devices, Portable Music And Data Processing Devices, And Tablet Computers 2011
- Toggle 1 ITC Complaints: Certain Electronics Devices Having a Blu-Ray Disc Player and Components Thereof 2011
- Toggle 1 HUD FR–5311–N–03 Buy American Exception Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 2009
EPA Violations1 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.