Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
About this Blog   |   On Twitter   |   Follow us on Facebook   |   RSS Feeds RSS Feed

Altria the top-spending lobbyist for the year?

Rosalind Helderman

The Virginia Public Access Project has compiled a list of the top-spending lobbyists for the past year, based on forms submitted by lobbyists to the Secretary of the Commonwealth's office last week.

Cigarette-maker Altria tops the list, followed by the Northern Virginia Technology Council and Verizon.

The list is an interesting way to track Richmond's heavy hitters, although reporting requirements for lobbyists are so vague that the numbers aren't incredibly helpful.

Every lobbying firm reports its expenses differently, so there's no real way to get an apples-to-apples comparison between the groups.

Much of the Northern Virginia Technology Council's budget, for instance, comes from hosting two big events in Northern Virginia that some lobbying firms would not report since they are not intended to promote a position on a particular piece of legislation.

Americans for Prosperity came in seventh on the list, but that's partly because the group included paid advertising in its communications budget. Other firms don't do the same.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 30, 2010; 4:56 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Rosalind Helderman , State Senate  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Groups urge McDonnell not to allow state troopers to act as immigration agents
Next: McDonnell calls for investigation into massive computer problems

No comments have been posted to this entry.

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge washingtonpost.com's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.




characters remaining

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company