Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ, NASDAQ: VZ) is a global broadband and telecommunications company and a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. It started in 1983 as Bell Atlantic (based in Philadelphia) with a footprint covering New Jersey to Virginia and NYNEX (based in New York City) with a footprint spanning from New York to Maine that emerged as part of the 1984 AT&T; breakup into seven "Baby Bells." Prior to its transformation into Verizon, Bell Atlantic merged with Regional Bell Operating Company, NYNEX, in 1997. The name Verizon is a portmanteau of veritas and horizon, and its pronunciation rhymes with horizon. The company's headquarters are located in the Verizon Building at 140 West Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City.
Campaign Finance$40,921,400 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 Verizon Communications
Names of Lobbyists
Firm Hired Amount Verizon Communications $142,420,000 Verizon Wireless $27,400,000 GTE Corp $3,500,000 Bell Atlantic $2,420,000 Fleishman-Hillard Inc $570,000 AON Corp $40,000
Most Frequently Disclosed Lobbying Issues
- Fed Budget & Appropriations,
- Radio & TV Broadcasting,
- Health Issues,
- Labor, Antitrust & Workplace,
- Copyright, Patent & Trademark,
- Homeland Security,
- Energy & Nuclear Power,
Most Frequently Disclosed Bills
Bill No. Title H.R.1002 Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011 S.144 Modernize Our Bookkeeping In the Law for Employee's Cell Phone Act of 2009 H.R.1521 Cell Tax Fairness Act of 2009 S.543 Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011 H.R.1860 Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2011 H.R.690 Modernize Our Bookkeeping In the Law for Employee's Cell Phone Act of 2009 H.R.5353 Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008 H.R.1 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 H.R.3458 Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009 S.1192 Mobile Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2009
RegulationsMentioned in 747 dockets; Submitted to 30 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 "Verizon Communications" in public comments on proposed federal regulations.
Documents Submitted by the Organization
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- Toggle 3 NLRB Proposed rule amending representation-case procedures 2011
- Toggle 3 DOE Implementing the National Broadband Plan 2010
- Toggle 2 EBSA PTE 2009-23 Verizon Investment Management Company D–11447 2009
- Toggle 1 FAA AirTran Airways, Inc. - Exemption/Rulemaking 2003
- Toggle 1 OSHA RECORDING AND REPORTING OCCUPATIONAL ILLNESSES AND INJURIES 2006
- Toggle 1 ESA Family and Medical Leave Act Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 29 CFR Part 825 2008
- Toggle 1 FWS Removal of the U.S. Captive-bred Inter-subspecific crossed or generic Tiger From the Exemption to Register Under the Captive-bred Wildlife Regulations 2011
- Toggle 1 ESA Request for Information on the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 2006
- 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 HHS Health Information Technology; Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria: Electronic Health Record Technology, 2014 Edition 2012
Mentions in Document Text
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- Toggle 272 EPA California State Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Standards - Request for Waiver of Preemption Under Clean Air Act Section 209(b) for Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2006
- Toggle 122 EPA Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone 2005
- Toggle 84 EPA Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Greenhouse Gases Under the Clean Air Act 2008
- Toggle 82 EPA Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Lead 2006
- Toggle 46 FAA Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area Special Flight Rules Area 2004
- Toggle 46 EPA Notice of Receipt of a Request from the State of Texas for a Waiver of a Portion of the Renewable Fuel Standards 2008
- Toggle 43 EPA Draft EPA/Army Guidance Regarding CWA Jurisdiction after Rapanos 2007
- Toggle 43 NLRB Proposed rule amending representation-case procedures 2011
- Toggle 40 FRA BNSF Railway Company - Positive Train Control Plans 2010
- Toggle 38 EPA Notice of Receipt of a Request for a Clean Air Act Waiver to Increase the Allowable Ethanol Content of Gasoline to 15 Percent 2009
Federal Spending1 contract
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 USASpending.gov. 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.
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.
|Verizon Communications||2002||National Aeronautics And Space Administration||PROVIDE TELEPHONE SERVICE||$1,120,241|
EPA Violations10 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.
|Agi-Vr/Wesson Company||GTE Corporation (+22 others)||2007||Glen Cove, Ny||$40,810,000|
|Sutton Brook Disposal Area/Ausimont Ind||Verizon New England Inc (+48 others)||2010||Tewksbury, Ma||$34,480,000|
|Air Products & Chemical, Inc Et Al||Gte Operations Support, Incorporated (+40 others)||2005||Elkton, Md||$24,500,000|
|Mckin Superfund Site||Verizon New England (+75 others)||2001||Gray, Me||$20,150,000|
|West Site/Hows Corner Superfund Site||Verizon/New England Telephone & Telegraph Company (+81 others)||2010||Plymouth, Me||$11,200,000|
|Omega Chemical Site||GTE Communications System Corporation (+101 others)||2005||Whittier, Ca||$10,147,354|
|Casmalia Resources - Tier Ii De Minimis Aoc||GTE Corporation (+23 others)||2003||Casmalia, Ca||$8,168,000|
|Hows Corner/West Site||Verizon/New England Telephone & Telegraph Co (+83 others)||2004||Plymouth, Me||$2,000,000|
|Sutton Brook Disposal Area Superfund Site||Verizon New England Inc (+24 others)||2004||Tewksbury, Ma||$2,000,000|
|Brambles Environmental, Inc. Et Al.||Verizon, New York, Inc. (+6 others)||2009||Colonie, Ny||$1,450,000|
Advisory Committees45 people on 32 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.
Table shows employees of "Verizon Communications" that sat on federal advisory committees.
- Toggle Federal Communications Commission 18 people on 8 committees
- Toggle Department of State 9 people on 4 committees
- Toggle Department of Commerce 5 people on 7 committees
- Toggle Department of Homeland Security 4 people on 2 committees
- Toggle Department of Health and Human Services 3 people on 3 committees
- Toggle National Science Foundation 3 people on 3 committees
- Toggle Department of Transportation 3 people on 1 committee
- Toggle Department of Defense 2 people on 2 committees
- Toggle Department of the Treasury 2 people on 2 committees
- Toggle Department of Energy 1 person on 1 committee