Nice deep-dive on ‘shadow lobbying’ from the folks over at The Nation. 
Sunlight has also written on the subject recently: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2013/11/25/how-much-lobbying-is-there-in-washington-its-double-what-you-think/
thenationmagazine:

“Lobbying isn’t dying; instead, it’s simply going underground.”

Nice deep-dive on ‘shadow lobbying’ from the folks over at The Nation

Sunlight has also written on the subject recently: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2013/11/25/how-much-lobbying-is-there-in-washington-its-double-what-you-think/

thenationmagazine:

Lobbying isn’t dying; instead, it’s simply going underground.

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Revolvers’ Dollars: The Cash Behind K Street

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It’s a well-known Washington truism that the place to get rich is on #KStreet. But if you really want to strike it big, head through the revolving door.

That’s because lobbyists with government experience most likely make three times as much as those without it - and significantly more than a member of Congress.

Explore the cash behind K Street in Sunlight’s new series - Revolvers’ Dollars: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2014/01/21/revolving-door-lobbyists-government-experience/

Unraveling last year’s Sandy Hook gun control fight — in two graphs

Read Sunlight’s series: Guns in America: Lock, stock money and influence.

The tale of last year’s post-Sandy Hook gun control fight in two graphs: a debate full of sound, fury and money.

Lobbying (Graph 1): In an attempt to seize the momentum after the events in Newtown, advocates for gun control went on a K Street hiring spree, upping their lobbying expenditures fivefold. But it wasn’t even close: The NRA alone outspent the entire gun control industry in 2013.

Outside spending (Graph 2): Out-gunned in Washington, independent spending groups like Michael Bloomberg’s Independence USA super PAC took their message of gun control to broadcast markets across the U.S. as the Senate considered a gun control bill with new background checks.

Advocates for gun control spent millions of dollars  to get their word out about gun control issues (the exact amount is obscured, thanks to lax broadcasting disclosure laws). The vote in the Senate failed to materialize due to opposition led by Republicans and conservative Democrats.

As Congress inches toward major immigration legislation, a new Sunlight Foundation analysis (based on almost 8,000 lobbying reports) offers a comprehensive and interactive guide to the web of interests with something at stake.

The magnified images of several clusters display heavy lobbying interactions between related special interest groups (white circles) and the immigration issues and legislation they have frequently sought to influence (colored circles). 

Will lobbyists complicate “fiscal cliff” deal-making?

As the wheeling and dealing around the “fiscal cliff” continues to envelop Washington, thousands of lobbyists representing more than a billion dollars are watching, and getting ready to complicate any potential deal.
After all, any grand bargain on spending and revenue will go right at the heart of two of the most heavily-lobbied issues in Washington: budget and taxes. Pick any tax loophole or any budget line item, and there’s almost certainly a lobbyist there to pressure deal-makers to pick a different loophole or budget item. Pick that loophole or budget item, and, well, you get the idea…

Will lobbyists complicate “fiscal cliff” deal-making?

As the wheeling and dealing around the “fiscal cliff” continues to envelop Washington, thousands of lobbyists representing more than a billion dollars are watching, and getting ready to complicate any potential deal.

After all, any grand bargain on spending and revenue will go right at the heart of two of the most heavily-lobbied issues in Washington: budget and taxes. Pick any tax loophole or any budget line item, and there’s almost certainly a lobbyist there to pressure deal-makers to pick a different loophole or budget item. Pick that loophole or budget item, and, well, you get the idea…

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White House Visitors Database

The Obama administration releases a list of visitors who pass through the White House security gate every month. The database currently has more than 2.2 million entries for the period from January 2009 through Jan. 31, 2012.

White House Visitors Database

The Obama administration releases a list of visitors who pass through the White House security gate every month. The database currently has more than 2.2 million entries for the period from January 2009 through Jan. 31, 2012.

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Colleges and Universities Face Off in Fourth Annual K Street Classic

Only the most ardent fan of the University of Colorado at Boulder would pick the 11th-seeded Buffaloes to win the NCAA men’s basketball tourney, even though they have one of the nation’s best rebounders in Andre Roberson. But wait! They have a secret weapon: Extensive lobbying expenditures! And that, friends (spoiler alert!), sends them on their way to winning it all according to this year’s edition of the Center for Responsive Politics’ annual K Street Classic, in which we predict the success of each school in the NCAA bracket based on how much it spent lobbying Washington in 2011. 

Colleges and Universities Face Off in Fourth Annual K Street Classic

Only the most ardent fan of the University of Colorado at Boulder would pick the 11th-seeded Buffaloes to win the NCAA men’s basketball tourney, even though they have one of the nation’s best rebounders in Andre Roberson.

But wait! They have a secret weapon: Extensive lobbying expenditures! And that, friends (spoiler alert!), sends them on their way to winning it all according to this year’s edition of the Center for Responsive Politics’ annual K Street Classic, in which we predict the success of each school in the NCAA bracket based on how much it spent lobbying Washington in 2011. 

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Digging Into the Relationships in Sunlight’s Twitter Lobbyist List

On Wednesday Sunlight released a list of lobbyists tweeting online, allowing for collective insight into their world; who they follow; what they’re promoting; and a view of how they operate through the prism of Twitter.

Yesterday Tony Hirst, lecturer in the Department of Communication and Systems at The Open University and author of ouseful.info created a series of visualizations delving deeper into our Twitter lobbyist list.

"Popular" friends of folk on the @SunFoundation/lobbyists twitter list

That is, folk who are followed by 20 or more people on the list…
Original context: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2011/11/09/for-clues-about-who-theyre-meeting-check-lobbyists-tweeting/

"Popular" friends of folk on the @SunFoundation/lobbyists twitter list

That is, folk who are followed by 20 or more people on the list…

Original context: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2011/11/09/for-clues-about-who-theyre-meeting-check-lobbyists-tweeting/

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1 in 7 Congressional chiefs of staff has previously worked as a lobbyist. That and other fun facts in this Mother Jones graphic based on data compiled by Remapping Debate.

1 in 7 Congressional chiefs of staff has previously worked as a lobbyist. That and other fun facts in this Mother Jones graphic based on data compiled by Remapping Debate.

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Lobbyists’ Honorary Gifts to Federal Officials

Companies and organizations can donate an unlimited amount of money to  honor officials, sponsor their conferences, and donate to their pet  charities, so long as these donations are reported to the Senate. The  Sunlight Foundation analyzed these filings from 2009 and 2010 and found  about $50 million in honorary gifts and meeting costs. These donations  can all be viewed in the interactive display below by company making the  donation or by official being honored.

Lobbyists’ Honorary Gifts to Federal Officials

Companies and organizations can donate an unlimited amount of money to honor officials, sponsor their conferences, and donate to their pet charities, so long as these donations are reported to the Senate. The Sunlight Foundation analyzed these filings from 2009 and 2010 and found about $50 million in honorary gifts and meeting costs. These donations can all be viewed in the interactive display below by company making the donation or by official being honored.

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