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House and Senate Lobbyist Contribution and Disclosure Search

Updated on October 8, 2011
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Curious to know what a particular corporation is lobbying for/against? And to whom they are sending their political campaign donations to? See the links and "how to" below - the example is for Capital One.


House Lobbyist Disclosure Search [1]

Under “Search Field” in field 1 use the dropdown menu to choose “Registrant Name” and in the “Criteria” field, enter “Capital One

[** Note, to do an optional search by filing year, use the 2ndSearch Field” dropdown menu to select “Filing Year” to sort filings by selecting the year of interest.**]

Under the “Primary Sort” field, use the drop down menu and select “Registrant Name

Click “Search


House Lobbyist Political Campaign Contribution Search [2]

Under “Search Field” in field 1 use the dropdown menu to choose “Organization Name” and in the “Criteria” field, enter “Capital One

[** Note, to do an optional search by filing year, use the 2ndSearch Field” dropdown menu to select “Filing Year” to sort filings by selecting the year of interest.**]

Under the “Primary Sort” field, use the drop down menu and select “Organization Name

Click “Search


Senate Lobbyist Disclosure Search [3]

Under the field “Registrants” check the first box titled “registrant name” then click “Submit

Step 2 of 3: define your criteria enter “Capital One” in the registrants name field

Step 3 – Review results

[** Note Lobbyist activities**]


Senate Lobbyist Political Campaign Contribution Search [4]

Step 1 –Under field titled “Registrants/Lobbyists - (select only one)” check box titled “registrant name (returns registrant & its listed lobbyists' filings)” (top box) then click “Submit

Step 2 of 3: “define your criteria” in the “registrant name” field, enter “Capital One

Step 3 – View results

[** Note Capital One made contributions in its name (and through registered lobbyists) directly to candidates and to candidates’ PACs. **]

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Since the ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission [5] (Summary Discussion [6]) (which allows unlimited amounts of undisclosed campaign finance money to be spent on political ads), note Capital One’s immediate drop in disclosure of campaign contributions from 2010-2011 ($704.3K) and non-reporting for 2011-2012. [7]

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[1] http://disclosures.house.gov/ld/ldsearch.aspx
[2] http://disclosures.house.gov/lc/lcsearch.aspx
[3
] http://soprweb.senate.gov/index.cfm?event=selectfields
[4
] http://soprweb.senate.gov/index.cfm?event=lobbyistselectfields
[5
] [6] http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2010/0202/Supreme-Court-s-campaign-finance-ruling-just-the-facts
[7
] http://influenceexplorer.com/organization/capital-one-financial/78530e03ddd14981a99c383bdfde59ec?cycle=2012

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