A MapLight analysis of federal lobbying disclosure filings shows two utility industry names made the top 10.
Monday, April 20 marked the deadline for companies and organizations to file their 2015 first quarter federal lobbying disclosure reports. Below is a list of the top 10 organizations and how much they spent lobbying Congress and federal agencies between Jan. 1, 2015, and March 31, 2015.
The top spender, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, spent $13.8 million lobbying Congress and federal agencies during the first quarter of 2015.
The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, an affiliate of the Chamber of Commerce, spent another $5.7 million on lobbying.
Google spent $5.5 million on lobbying during the first quarter of 2015, the most it has ever spent in one quarter.
- Chamber of Commerce of the U.S.A.: $13.8 million
- National Association of Realtors: $7.7 million
- American Medical Association: $6.72 million
- U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform: $5.72 million
- Google, Inc.: $5.47 million
- Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America: $5.44 million
- General Electric Co.: $4.75 million
- National Association of Broadcasters: $4.72 million
- American Electric Power Co. Inc. and affiliated corporations: $4.69 million
- American Hospital Association: $4.63 million
Lobbying Methodology: MapLight analysis of federal lobbying disclosure filings from the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives between Jan. 1, 2015, and March 31, 2015. Lobbying totals represent money paid by an organization to each lobbying firm for services on all issues. Organizations report total lobbying expenses as a lump sum, which includes both in-house lobbying expenses and amounts paid to (and reported by) lobbying firms that they employ. MapLight calculates a given organization’s in-house lobbying expenses by subtracting the total income reported by the lobbying firms that it employs from the company’s total reported expenses. In general, filers may round their spending and expenses to the nearest $10,000, and MapLight treats the designation of “Less than $5,000” as a value of $0. MapLight updates its lobbying database daily to capture amendments. Full reports are due on the 20th day of January, April, July and October.