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Who is lobbying who - Actual Data (1989-2008)

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posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 11:13 AM
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Top 100 Lobbyists to the DNC:

  1. $40,145,869.54 American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees
  2. $29,993,075.12 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  3. $27,660,986.10 American Assn for Justice
  4. $27,515,935.00 National Education Assn
  5. $26,481,258.54 Communications Workers of America
  6. $26,134,744.15 Service Employees International Union
  7. $25,945,472.00 Laborers Union
  8. $25,476,149.58 American Federation of Teachers
  9. $25,251,661.96 United Auto Workers
  10. $25,210,119.68 Teamsters Union
  11. $24,357,749.62 Carpenters & Joiners Union
  12. $24,297,607.46 Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union
  13. $23,267,232.52 United Food & Commercial Workers Union
  14. $20,774,540.16 EMILY's List
  15. $19,957,543.68 Goldman Sachs
  16. $19,140,545.60 AT&T Inc
  17. $17,133,218.65 AFL-CIO
  18. $16,901,969.92 National Assn of Letter Carriers
  19. $16,885,926.24 National Assn of Realtors
  20. $16,400,336.11 Sheet Metal Workers Union
  21. $24,343,768.71 American Dental Assn
  22. $14,859,083.84 Plumbers & Pipefitters Union
  23. $13,953,865.01 Time Warner
  24. $13,800,047.50 Operating Engineers Union
  25. $13,343,167.53 United Steelworkers
  26. $13,281,452.50 Citigroup Inc
  27. $13,002,290.28 Air Line Pilots Assn
  28. $12,605,239.26 International Assn of Fire Fighters
  29. $11,889,873.00 Ironworkers Union
  30. $11,768,719.60 United Transportation Union
  31. $11,329,199.35 American Postal Workers Union
  32. $10,240,242.48 Microsoft Corp
  33. $10,223,245.11 American Medical Assn
  34. $9,891,729.48 JPMorgan Chase & Co
  35. $8,997,846.06 American Bankers Assn
  36. $8,767,237.50 Human Rights Campaign
  37. $8,674,901.50 General Electric
  38. $8,620,860.60 National Cmte for an Effective Congress
  39. $8,513,811.36 United Parcel Service
  40. $8,385,576.68 American Hospital Assn
  41. $8,178,168.60 Morgan Stanley
  42. $8,031,100.00 Natl Active & Retired Fed Employees Assn
  43. $7,846,291.39 Credit Union National Assn
  44. $7,787,237.77 Bank of America
  45. $7,490,474.25 National Assn of Home Builders
  46. $7,455,130.48 National Auto Dealers Assn
  47. $7,408,122.96 Lockheed Martin
  48. $7,368,421.72 Ernst & Young
  49. $7,315,599.20 National Cmte to Preserve Social Security & Medicare
  50. $7,243,067.83 Walt Disney Co
  51. $7,070,622.40 FedEx Corp
  52. $6,947,041.53 Verizon Communications
  53. $6,837,720.96 Seafarers International Union
  54. $6,683,569.48 Altria Group
  55. $6,416,198.36 AFLAC Inc
  56. $6,382,253.14 Boeing Co
  57. $6,293,261.95 National Beer Wholesalers Assn
  58. $6,234,986.10 Natl Assn/Insurance & Financial Advisors
  59. $6,153,928.95 Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  60. $6,107,852.92 National Rural Electric Cooperative Assn
  61. $5,847,201.90 BellSouth Corp
  62. $5,441,683.98 Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn
  63. $5,426,291.88 PricewaterhouseCoopers
  64. $5,342,134.60 Credit Suisse Group
  65. $5,333,405.70 American Institute of CPAs
  66. $5,290,689.20 Merrill Lynch
  67. $5,288,493.04 General Dynamics
  68. $5,224,735.80 Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  69. $5,106,400.75 MetLife Inc
  70. $4,872,156.00 AIG
  71. $4,764,519.76 American Academy of Ophthalmology
  72. $4,485,635.52 Prudential Financial
  73. $4,239,580.70 Freddie Mac
  74. $3,958,774.26 American Maritime Officers
  75. $3,830,925.23 Pfizer Inc
  76. $3,784,450.81 American Airlines
  77. $3,781,349.22 General Motors
  78. $3,722,997.12 MCI Inc
  79. $3,570,446.52 Archer Daniels Midland
  80. $3,192,678.48 Reynolds American
  81. $3,185,028.04 Union Pacific Corp
  82. $3,050,808.32 GlaxoSmithKline
  83. $2,958,746.95 Southern Co
  84. $2,940,920.40 Vivendi
  85. $2,906,173.12 National Rifle Assn
  86. $2,805,003.30 American Council of Life Insurers
  87. $2,770,093.35 CSX Corp
  88. $2,677,348.75 Chevron
  89. $2,531,108.72 Eli Lilly & Co
  90. $2,335,966.14 Andersen
  91. $2,086,362.81 UST Inc
  92. $2,040,241.50 American Financial Group
  93. $1,923,702.53 Enron Corp
  94. $1,713,871.88 BP
  95. $1,710,031.02 MBNA Corp
  96. $1,529,311.77 Bristol-Myers Squibb
  97. $1,471,543.22 Exxon Mobil
  98. $1,446,899.25 National Restaurant Assn
  99. $1,233,671.74 Associated General Contractors
  100. $0.00 Amway/Alticor Inc


Top 100 Lobbyists to the GOP:

  1. $23,925,682.00 AT&T Inc
  2. $17,941,296.63 National Assn of Realtors
  3. $16,947,622.61 Altria Group
  4. $16,353,189.44 National Auto Dealers Assn
  5. $15,728,069.40 American Medical Assn
  6. $14,899,169.88 United Parcel Service
  7. $14,018,011.52 National Rifle Assn
  8. $13,804,574.60 National Beer Wholesalers Assn
  9. $13,696,867.20 National Assn of Home Builders
  10. $13,015,823.45 Citigroup Inc
  11. $12,728,660.28 American Bankers Assn
  12. $10,914,281.70 Goldman Sachs
  13. $10,524,440.48 Union Pacific Corp
  14. $10,509,626.93 Verizon Communications
  15. $10,252,402.48 FedEx Corp
  16. $10,053,881.16 Lockheed Martin
  17. $9,988,465.50 Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  18. $9,977,120.25 Reynolds American
  19. $9,632,065.24 Morgan Stanley
  20. $9,496,010.79 PricewaterhouseCoopers
  21. $9,467,583.00 Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  22. $9,309,863.04 JPMorgan Chase & Co
  23. $9,247,060.90 Pfizer Inc
  24. $9,210,527.15 Ernst & Young
  25. $9,181,086.75 American Financial Group
  26. $9,058,676.04 Microsoft Corp
  27. $8,934,369.55 Exxon Mobil
  28. $8,722,487.60 Merrill Lynch
  29. $8,629,434.99 Amway/Alticor Inc
  30. $8,615,667.32 Bank of America
  31. $8,514,060.87 Credit Union National Assn
  32. $8,501,403.47 General Electric
  33. $8,313,314.80 Natl Assn/Insurance & Financial Advisors
  34. $8,248,384.92 MBNA Corp
  35. $8,020,247.95 AFLAC Inc
  36. $8,006,175.85 National Restaurant Assn
  37. $7,924,952.30 Chevron
  38. $7,749,347.58 UST Inc
  39. $7,627,020.80 GlaxoSmithKline
  40. $7,490,149.85 Associated General Contractors
  41. $7,418,010.14 American Hospital Assn
  42. $7,238,193.45 American Institute of CPAs
  43. $10,275,130.97 American Dental Assn
  44. $7,061,216.24 Boeing Co
  45. $7,016,642.28 BellSouth Corp
  46. $6,677,668.25 Credit Suisse Group
  47. $6,490,154.60 Southern Co
  48. $6,418,168.54 Eli Lilly & Co
  49. $6,093,263.72 General Dynamics
  50. $6,076,333.80 CSX Corp
  51. $5,970,551.40 General Motors
  52. $5,680,300.86 Bristol-Myers Squibb
  53. $5,521,314.40 Freddie Mac
  54. $5,520,559.37 National Rural Electric Cooperative Assn
  55. $5,502,932.68 Time Warner
  56. $4,774,712.88 AIG
  57. $4,765,987.74 Prudential Financial
  58. $4,700,275.80 American Council of Life Insurers
  59. $4,649,883.84 Archer Daniels Midland
  60. $4,643,419.90 Enron Corp
  61. $4,561,196.43 American Maritime Officers
  62. $4,306,392.86 American Academy of Ophthalmology
  63. $4,289,540.16 MCI Inc
  64. $4,284,679.70 BP
  65. $4,187,051.96 American Airlines
  66. $4,085,120.60 MetLife Inc
  67. $3,914,321.64 Andersen
  68. $3,459,375.68 Walt Disney Co
  69. $2,766,098.61 American Assn for Justice
  70. $2,736,825.80 Carpenters & Joiners Union
  71. $2,613,281.31 International Assn of Fire Fighters
  72. $2,321,837.55 Air Line Pilots Assn
  73. $2,272,949.00 Operating Engineers Union
  74. $2,190,300.00 Natl Active & Retired Fed Employees Assn
  75. $2,112,746.24 National Assn of Letter Carriers
  76. $1,974,112.00 Laborers Union
  77. $1,838,406.75 Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn
  78. $1,794,517.50 National Education Assn
  79. $1,737,454.81 National Cmte to Preserve Social Security & Medicare
  80. $1,644,138.24 Teamsters Union
  81. $1,471,089.95 United Transportation Union
  82. $1,425,900.80 Vivendi
  83. $1,139,620.16 Seafarers International Union
  84. $904,664.25 Ironworkers Union
  85. $876,723.75 Human Rights Campaign
  86. $825,307.71 Service Employees International Union
  87. $790,376.80 Plumbers & Pipefitters Union
  88. $721,398.68 AFL-CIO
  89. $618,413.92 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  90. $477,018.92 American Postal Workers Union
  91. $409,651.73 American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees
  92. $338,151.26 Sheet Metal Workers Union
  93. $237,420.74 United Food & Commercial Workers Union
  94. $0.00 Communications Workers of America
  95. $0.00 American Federation of Teachers
  96. $0.00 United Auto Workers
  97. $0.00 Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union
  98. $0.00 EMILY's List
  99. $0.00 United Steelworkers
  100. $0.00 National Cmte for an Effective Congress


This information was gathered from:
Top All-Time Donors 1989-2008 Summary




posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 12:07 PM
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Each and every one of us needs to start putting pressure on congress to put through a bill forbidding lobbying. Period. The only voices that Congressmen should be allowed to hear from are individual American Citizens.!



posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 12:12 PM
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Even if you stop lobbyists, who is going to stop corporations from taking over town hall meetings?



posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 12:50 PM
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It's screwed. Even if you put laws barring lobbyists from lobbying, there will be individual under-the-table transactions going on. You think they care about laws? It may cut down on it, but corporations are still going to basically have copyright to the path the country follows. People not knowing what's going on are support to corporational intent. People who do know aren't enough to compete.

At first I thought kicking out the internationals was the way to go, but then I realized that the whole concept of lobbying is basically against what a competition-driven free market is all bout. Why? Because when big fails go down, they get gov./taxpayer support (you scratch my back, I scratch yours). When local small-time goes down, they stay down. Let the failures make products the consumer actually want, or let them them fail. Isn't that the point?

Anything short of 1 vote per person on every aspect of our country, aka democracy, will lead to the same thing. But, 1) You think Joe wants to deal with the hardships of being a real citizen? 2) Someone has to count the votes.



posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 01:08 PM
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The same law that allowed me, this past election to run off someone from my voting area who was campaigning too close to the voting site.
Laws do work when people stand up and challenge the law breakers.



posted on Feb, 22 2010 @ 12:14 PM
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Congress should hold corporations liable for their damages to humanity. But why would they if they're getting 100's of 1000's of $$$ from them? It's appalling.



posted on Feb, 23 2010 @ 02:38 AM
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You don't seem to understand who a lobbyist is or what a lobbyist does. You can be a lobbyist;

"Senator Blank, sir, I represent a group of 10,000 citizens called Citizens X. Sir, we feel very strongly against issue A. Our organization is willing to contribute X amount of money to your campaign next fall."

as opposed to;

"Senator Blank, sir, I represent company Y, we have 300,000 employees who will be direcatly impacted by the XYZ bill your committee is reviewing. I'm also authorized to offer X amount of money to your campaign (now limitless, thank you SCOTUS) next fall."

A lobbyist follows a senator or representative around the lobby of congress petitioning them directly to represent whoever it is that's paying them. You can do it too!



posted on Feb, 23 2010 @ 02:40 AM
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If you guys want to fix this country, you need to make that list none existent.

Lobbyist have gotten us into the predicaments we are currently in. If it were not for them then the government would actually have to vote its conscience.



posted on Feb, 23 2010 @ 02:52 AM
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Lobbying has to be seen as bribery from a legal perspective...because that's exactly what it is.



posted on Feb, 23 2010 @ 02:58 AM
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Originally posted by mazzroth
Lobbying has to be seen as bribery from a legal perspective...because that's exactly what it is.


You could say the same about welfare (not in all cases mind you). I am convinced that bribery, while an ugly term, is what has got most every politician elected in the past 100 plus years. You want real change? You had better find some like minded individuals with deep pockets. That is the only way this country will get fixed aside from a full on revolution. Both scenarios scare me regardless.



posted on Feb, 23 2010 @ 03:02 AM
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What does lobbying mean?



posted on Feb, 23 2010 @ 03:46 AM
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Its interest groups that go to our reps/senators and grease their palms to get them to vote a certain way in accordance with their goals. As another poster so succinctly put it, its legal bribery by interest groups and corporations. Interest groups being anything from religions to people representing various lifestyle choices. (ie.. Unions, Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, Christian Groups, the Homosexual Lobby, etc...)

[edit on 2/23/2010 by defcon5]



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