Historical Lobbying Data

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Intelligently Formatted & Tidied Datasets of every Lobbying Contract from 1999 – 2020.

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Our Historical (1999-2021) Lobbying Data package includes a set of highly intuitive datasets, each corresponding with their respective year and spanning 360+ variables. In addition, you will receive 1 Full Month of our Daily Lobbying Data Subscription.

Your datasets are stored on LobbyingData.com servers so you can download or store them at your convenience - anytime, anywhere. The datasets account for every single lobbying contract from 1999-2020 in immaculate detail, providing a treasure trove of information in an easy to understand design. Each observation contains information such as:

  • Government Agencies a company/organization lobbied.
  • Issues a company/organization lobbied on.
  • The price paid for lobbying services.
  • The lobbying firm hired.
  • The specific bills a company/organization lobbied on.
  • The exact named lobbyists who worked on the contract.
  • Descriptions of the lobbying firm involved.
  • Descriptions of the company/organization involved.

You will receive one dataset per year of lobbying in DTA format. This means that there is very little merging of datasets required and almost all information for a year of lobbying is contained within a single dataset:

Lobbying_1999.dta

Lobbying_2000.dta

Lobbying_2001.dta

Lobbying_2002.dta

Lobbying_2003.dta

Lobbying_2004.dta

Lobbying_2005.dta

Lobbying_2006.dta

Lobbying_2007.dta

Lobbying_2008.dta

Lobbying_2009.dta

Lobbying_2010.dta

Lobbying_2011.dta

Lobbying_2012.dta

Lobbying_2013.dta

Lobbying_2014.dta

Lobbying_2015.dta

Lobbying_2016.dta

Lobbying_2017.dta

Lobbying_2018.dta

Lobbying_2019.dta

Lobbying_2020.dta

Lobbying_2021.dta

Each dataset is expertly crafted, with intuitive data design spanning 360+ variables. 78 variables are for all possible Lobbying Issues, & 266 are for all Government Agencies.

The package also includes Priority Email & Business Hours Phone Support, and free updates to the datasets when available.

*Future updates include additional revolving door information and foreign entity information.

Additional information

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More about Lobbying

Enacted by the 104th Congress of the United States in 1995, the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) required federal lobbyists to register with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate. This landmark piece of legislation demanded that all active registrants file quarterly activity reports incorporating relevant information such as revenue generated from lobbying clients, client industry, issues for which the client engaged in lobbying, federal agencies contacted, and more in order to maintain some level of transparency in lobbying activity.

In addition, the act defines many terms including what constitutes a “lobbying contract,” what type of company qualifies as a “lobbying firm,” and which individuals are designated as “lobbyists”. Officially, a “lobbyist” is an individual who spends 20 percent or more of their time on lobbyist activities. Additionally, each lobbying report is a pairing between a registrant and a client. Typically, the registrants are the lobbying firms and the clients are the firms or in some cases, individuals which lobbying firms represent. When the client and registrant are identical in a filing, we say that the entity uses in-house lobbyists to lobby, rather than hiring a firm on K Street, for example. In hundreds of lobbying reports, Lockheed Martin shows up as both a registrant and client, meaning that it uses internal “in-house” lobbyists to advocate for legislation. A quick cross reference search between our database and LinkedIn tells us that individuals who work as in-house lobbyists tend to have job titles like “Government Affairs Director”.

Lobbying in its basic form is communicating your position to your government representative, an extension of the first amendment and a form of free speech. The problems to which lobbying is generally associated with are problems that correspond with cracks in the political system. Members of congress that deliberately support policy which favors a corporation in order to secure high-paid private sector exit opportunities (join the Revolving Door), rather than supporting socially optimal policy, is one example of such cracks. The role of lobbying in a democracy becomes increasingly relevant as corporations draw more and more attention and scrutiny from the media and public for their actions. Understanding why a firm takes the decision to lobby and what factors create value in a lobbying contract can shed light on the rather clandestine practice and improve transparency.

Issues & Specific Issues

A lobbying contract can report lobbying on 1 or more of 78 standardized issues as well as specific issues.

The Specific Issues supplied by most lobbying contracts are some of the most important pieces of information available to us – they tell us exactly which bills or legislation a client (any company, such as Apple Inc.) hires a registrant (lobbying firm) to lobby on.

Ex:

Client: Apple Inc.

Contract Type: 4th Quarter – Report

Registrant: Miller Strategies LLC

Specific Issue: Trade issues as they relate to technological goods and services. Issues as they relate to technological goods and services.

Some specific issues provide more information than others, so its important to keep watch of companies and their pursuit of political influence on the daily.

 

List of Standardized Issues:

1. Accounting
2. Advertising
3. Aerospace
4. Agriculture
5. Alcohol And Drug Abuse
6. Animals
7. Apparel/Clothing Industry/Textiles
8. Arts/Entertainment
9. Automotive Industry
10. Aviation/Airlines/Airports
11. Banking
12. Bankruptcy
13. Beverage Industry
14. Budget/Appropriations
15. Chemicals/Chemical Industry
16. Civil Rights/Civil Liberties
17. Clean Air And Water (Quality)
18. Commodities (Big Ticket)
19. Communications/Broadcasting/Radio/Tv
20. Computer Industry
21. Constitution
22. Consumer Issues/Safety/Products
23. Copyright/Patent/Trademark
24. Defense
25. Disaster Planning/Emergencies
26. District Of Columbia
27. Economics/Economic Development
28. Education
29. Energy/Nuclear
30. Environment/Superfund
31. Family Issues/Abortion/Adoption
32. Financial Institutions/Investments/Securities
33. Firearms/Guns/Ammunition
34. Food Industry (Safety, Labeling, Etc.)
35. Foreign Relations
36. Fuel/Gas/Oil
37. Gaming/Gambling/Casino
38. Government Issues
39. Health Issues
40. Homeland Security
41. Housing
42. Immigration
43. Indian/Native American Affairs
44. Insurance
45. Intelligence
46. Labor Issues/Antitrust/Workplace
47. Law Enforcement/Crime/Criminal Justice
48. Manufacturing
49. Marine/Maritime/Boating/Fisheries
50. Media (Information/Publishing)
51. Medical/Disease Research/Clinical Labs
52. Medicare/Medicaid
53. Minting/Money/Gold Standard
54. Natural Resources
55. Pharmacy
56. Postal
57. Railroads
58. Real Estate/Land Use/Conservation
59. Religion
60. Retirement
61. Roads/Highway
62. Science/Technology
63. Small Business
64. Sports/Athletics
65. Tariff (Miscellaneous Tariff Bills)
66. Taxation/Internal Revenue Code
67. Telecommunications
68. Tobacco
69. Torts
70. Trade (Domestic/Foreign)
71. Transportation
72. Travel/Tourism
73. Trucking/Shipping
74. Urban Development/Municipalities
75. Utilities
76. Veterans
77. Waste (Hazardous/Solid/Interstate/Nuclear)
78. Welfare

 

Government Agencies

A lobbying contract can report lobbying 1 or more of approximately 267 government agencies.

In our daily report, we focus on providing tables which highlight contracts that lobbied the:

  1. White House
  2. FDA
  3. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
  4. Department of Health & Human Services
  5. Department of the Treasury
  6. Department of Defense

List of government agencies:

  1. AMTRAK – Natl Railroad Passenger Corporation
  2. Access Board
  3. Administration for Children & Families (ACF)
  4. Administration on Aging
  5. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP)
  6. African Development Foundation
  7. Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)
  8. Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry
  9. Agriculture, Dept of (USDA)
  10. Air Force, Dept of
  11. Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB)
  12. Alternative Agricultural Research & Commercializat
  13. American Battle Monuments Commission
  14. Appalachian Regional Commission
  15. Architect of the Capitol (AOC)
  16. Architectural & Transportation Barriers Compliance
  17. Army, Dept of (Corps of Engineers)
  18. Army, Dept of (Other)
  19. Ballistic Missile Defense Organization
  20. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms & Explosives
  21. Bureau of Arms Control
  22. Bureau of Citizenship & Immigration Services (BCIS
  23. Bureau of Economic Analysis
  24. Bureau of Engraving & Printing
  25. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
  26. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
  27. Bureau of Justice Assistance
  28. Bureau of Justice Statistics
  29. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
  30. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
  31. Bureau of Prisons (BOP)
  32. Bureau of Reclamation
  33. Bureau of Transportation Statistics
  34. Bureau of the Census
  35. Bureau of the Public Debt
  36. Centers For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
  37. Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  38. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  39. Commerce, Dept of (DOC)
  40. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
  41. Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
  42. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
  43. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
  44. Corporation for Natl & Community Service
  45. Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  46. Corrections Program Office
  47. Council of Economic Advisers (CEA)
  48. Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)
  49. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  50. Defense Business Transformation Agency (BTA)
  51. Defense Commissary Agency
  52. Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA)
  53. Defense Department Field Activities
  54. Defense Finance & Accounting Service (DFAS)
  55. Defense Information Systems Agency
  56. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
  57. Defense Investigative Service (DIS)
  58. Defense Legal Services Agency
  59. Defense Logistics Agency
  60. Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
  61. Defense Security Assistance Agency
  62. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)
  63. Defense Special Weapons Agency
  64. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
  65. Defense, Dept of (DOD)
  66. Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
  67. Drug Court Program Office
  68. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  69. Economic Development Administration
  70. Education, Dept of
  71. Election Assistance Commission (EAC)
  72. Employment & Training Administration
  73. Employment Standards Administration
  74. Energy, Dept of
  75. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  76. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  77. Executive Office of the President (EOP)
  78. Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank
  79. Farm Credit Administration
  80. Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB
  81. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  82. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  83. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  84. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
  85. Federal Election Commission (FEC)
  86. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  87. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  88. Federal Highway Administration (FHA)
  89. Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)
  90. Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA)
  91. Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
  92. Federal Management Service
  93. Federal Maritime Commission
  94. Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service
  95. Federal Mine Safety Health Review Commission (FMSH
  96. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  97. Federal Railroad Administration
  98. Federal Reserve System
  99. Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
  100. Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  101. Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
  102. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
  103. Financial Management Service (FMS)
  104. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
  105. General Services Administration (GSA)
  106. Ginnie Mae
  107. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  108. Government Printing Office (GPO)
  109. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
  110. Health & Human Services, Dept of (HHS)
  111. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)
  112. Homeland Security, Dept of (DHS)
  113. Housing & Urban Development, Dept of (HUD)
  114. Indian Health Service
  115. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
  116. Inter-American Foundation
  117. Interior, Dept of (DOI)
  118. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  119. Intl Trade Administration (ITA)
  120. Job Corps
  121. Joint Chiefs of Staff
  122. Justice, Dept of (DOJ)
  123. Labor, Dept of (DOL)
  124. Legal Services Corporation
  125. Library of Congress (LOC)
  126. Marine Mammal Commission
  127. Maritime Administration (MARAD)
  128. Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)
  129. Merit Systems Protection Board
  130. Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA)
  131. Mine Safety & Health Review Commission
  132. Minerals Management Service
  133. Minority Business Development Agency
  134. Natl Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
  135. Natl Archives & Records Administration (NARA)
  136. Natl Bioethics Advisory Commission
  137. Natl Capital Planning Commission (NCPC)
  138. Natl Council on Disability
  139. Natl Credit Union Administration (NCUA)
  140. Natl Economic Council (NEC)
  141. Natl Endowment for the Arts
  142. Natl Endowment for the Humanities
  143. Natl Foundation on the Arts & Humanities
  144. Natl Geospatial Intelligence Agency
  145. Natl Guard
  146. Natl Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  147. Natl Indian Gaming Commission
  148. Natl Institute of Justice
  149. Natl Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  150. Natl Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
  151. Natl Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (NIAA
  152. Natl Institutes of Health (NIH)
  153. Natl Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
  154. Natl Mediation Board
  155. Natl Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  156. Natl Park Service (NPS)
  157. Natl Science Foundation (NSF)
  158. Natl Security Agency (NSA)
  159. Natl Security Council (NSC)
  160. Natl Technical Information Service
  161. Natl Telecommunications & Information Administrati
  162. Natl Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
  163. Navy, Dept of
  164. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
  165. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
  166. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission
  167. Office for Victims of Crime
  168. Office of Administration
  169. Office of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives
  170. Office of Government Ethics (OGE)
  171. Office of Justice Program
  172. Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Preventio
  173. Office of Management & Budget (OMB)
  174. Office of Natl AIDS Policy
  175. Office of Natl Drug Control Policy (NDCP)
  176. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
  177. Office of Policy Development
  178. Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP)
  179. Office of Special Counsel
  180. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation & Enforcement
  181. Office of Technology Policy (OTP)
  182. Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS)
  183. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
  184. Office of the Secretary of Defense
  185. Office of the Vice President of the United States
  186. Office on Violence Against Women
  187. On-Site Inspection Agency
  188. Overseas Private Investment Corp (OPIC)
  189. Panama Canal Commission
  190. Patent & Trademark Office (PTO)
  191. Peace Corps
  192. Pension & Welfare Benefits Administration
  193. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)
  194. Pentagon Force Protection Agency
  195. Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administrati
  196. Postal Rate Commission
  197. Postal Regulatory Commission
  198. President of the U.S.
  199. Program Support Center
  200. Railroad Retirement Board
  201. Research & Special Programs Administration
  202. Risk Management Agency
  203. SENATE
  204. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)
  205. Selective Service System
  206. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  207. Smithsonian Institution
  208. Social Security Administration (SSA)
  209. St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
  210. State Justice Institute
  211. State, Dept of (DOS)
  212. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administr
  213. Surface Transportation Board (STB)
  214. Technology Administration
  215. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
  216. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  217. Transportation, Dept of (DOT)
  218. Treasury, Dept of
  219. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  220. U.S. Architectural & Transportation Barriers Compl
  221. U.S. Arms Control & Disarmament Agency
  222. U.S. Botanic Garden
  223. U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board
  224. U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
  225. U.S. Commission of Fine Arts
  226. U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  227. U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
  228. U.S. Copyright Office
  229. U.S. Customs & Border Protection
  230. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  231. U.S. Forest Service
  232. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
  233. U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  234. U.S. Information Agency (USIA)
  235. U.S. Institute of Peace
  236. U.S. International Development Cooperation Agency
  237. U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC)
  238. U.S. Marines
  239. U.S. Marshals Service
  240. U.S. Mint
  241. U.S. Natl Central Bureau – Intl Criminal Police Or
  242. U.S. Postal Service (USPS)
  243. U.S. Secret Service
  244. U.S. Trade & Development Agency (USTDA)
  245. U.S. Trade Representative (USTR)
  246. UNDETERMINED
  247. USA Freedom Corps
  248. Veterans Affairs, Dept of (VA)
  249. Veterans Employment & Training Service
  250. Vice President of the U.S.
  251. Voice of America
  252. White House Office
  253. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms (ATF)
  254. Trade & Development Agency (TDA)
  255. Small Business Adminstration (SBA)
  256. Federal Housing Finance Board (FHFB)
  257. Federal Deposit Insurance Commission (FDIC)
  258. Agency for Health Care Policy & Research
  259. Office of Juvenile Justice & Deliquency Prevention
  260. Bureau of Export Administration
  261. Mine Safey & Health Review Commission
  262. Ballistic Missle Defense Organization
  263. Violence Against Women Program
  264. Joint Service Schools
  265. U.S. Commission on International Religous Freedom
  266. Defense Finance & Accounting Agency (DFAS)
  267. Job Corps

 

Updates & Requests

Every subscriber to Historical Lobbying Data will receive updates to their datasets in the future – these can come in the form of additional variables and more.

To request additional information for your data, please email neil.bhatia@lobbyingdata.com your request.

2 reviews for Historical Lobbying Data

  1. Jackson Bayston, Analyst at Investment Advisory Firm

    Overall an extremely useful alternative data source. The team of analysts found the datasets very easy to use, and everything was as advertised. Great product and will continue to work with the lobbying data team for more research.

  2. Managing Director at Equity Research Firm

    A great flexible data vendor that makes it easy for our analysts to extract useful insights.

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