The Top 20 Lobbying Companies

Clark Merrefield and Lauren Streib of The Daily Beast recently wrote a piece focusing on corporations and their influence in DC. 

To find out Capitol Hill’s coziest companies, The Daily Beast began by looking at the Fortune 100—the biggest, richest companies in America. We then did a simple ranking of the number of lobbyists on each company’s payroll in 2010, and their total lobbying expenditures for 2010, with data from the Center for Responsive Politics.  

1. General Electric
Lobbyists hired: 195
Lobbying expenditures: $39.3 million
Revenues: $150.2 billion

2. Verizon Communications
Lobbyists hired
: 143
Lobbying expenditures: $16.8 million
Revenues: $106.6 billion
3. Boeing
Lobbyists hired: 139
Lobbying expenditures: $17.9 million
Revenues: $64.3 billion
4. Comcast
Lobbyists hired: 109
Lobbying expenditures: $13 million
Revenues: $37.9 billion
5. AT&T
Lobbyists hired: 93
Lobbying expenditures: $15.4 million
Revenues: $124.3 billion
6. Lockheed Martin
Lobbyists hired: 103
Lobbying expenditures: $12.6 million
Revenues: $45.8 billion
7. FedEx
Lobbyists hired: 66
Lobbying expenditures: $25.6 million
Revenues: $34.7 billion
8. Pfizer
Lobbyists hired: 80
Lobbying expenditures: $13.3 million
Revenues: $67.8 billion
9. General Dynamics
Lobbyists hired: 102
Lobbying expenditures: $10.9 million
Revenues: $32.5 billion
10. United Technologies
Lobbyists hired: 68
Lobbying expenditures: $14.5 million
Revenues: $54.3 billion
11. Northrop Grumman
Lobbyists hired: 65
Lobbying expenditures: $15.7 million
Revenues: $34.8 billion
12. General Motors
Lobbyists hired: 76
Lobbying expenditures: $9.6 million
Revenues: $135.4 billion
13. Microsoft
Lobbyists hired: 104
Lobbying expenditures: $6.9 million
Revenues: $62.5 billion
14. Prudential Financial
Lobbyists hired: 69
Lobbying expenditures: $8.8 million
Revenues: $38.4 billion
15. Raytheon
Lobbyists hired: 71
Lobbying expenditures: $7 million
Revenues: $25.2 billion
16. Berkshire Hathaway (Warren Buffett’s company)
Lobbyists hired: 64
Lobbying expenditures: $9.6 million
Revenues: $136.2 billion
17. Walmart
Lobbyists hired: 90
Lobbying expenditures: $6 million
Revenues: $421.8 billion
18. Dow Chemicals
Lobbyists hired: 63
Lobbying expenditures: $8.2 million
Revenues: $53.7 billion
19. Exxon Mobile
Lobbyists hired: 50
Lobbying expenditures: $12.5 million
Revenues: $383.2 billion
20. Johnson & Johnson
Lobbyists hired: 70
Lobbying expenditures: $6.7 million
Revenues: $61.6 billion

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