May 17, 2012

Contact: Lori Anderson
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The Washington State Public Disclosure Commission today added lobbying data to its online searchable database. 

Lobbyist disclosure was enacted through the passage of I-276 in 1972.  Paid lobbyists register with the Public Disclosure Commission before lobbying state government and file monthly reports disclosing their compensation, entertainment expenses, campaign contributions given, and other lobbying-related expenditures.  State and local public agencies disclose their lobbying-related expenses on quarterly reports.

The new feature gives the better access to private sector and public agency lobbying data, including the ability to perform custom searches.  Enhanced features include:

  • Immediate access to Lobbying totals for private lobbyists, their employers and public agencies who lobby.
  • The ability to “drill down” into the detailed information of private lobbyists and their expenses, compensation and other reported expenditures.
  • Access to government contractor lobbyist data.
  • The ability to look at lobbying expenses by category or employer as reported on the L2’s.
  • The ability to look at lobbying expenses as reported by the employers in the annual L3’s.
  • The ability to look at public agency lobbying by either individual agency, legislature view or contracts view.
  • The ability to save as PDF, export to Excel, Subscribe via RSS, review a glossary of terms and read how to use the system in a comprehensive help file for any of the query system areas.
  • The ability to link to any of your favorite social media services for that particular webpage view with the click of a button using the AddThis toolbar.
  • New Advanced Search capabilities of all three lobbying categories.
  • New Advanced Search capabilities to save as PDF, export to Excel, Subscribe via RSS, review a glossary of terms and read how to use the system in a comprehensive help file as well as linking to favorite social media services with the click of a button using the AddThis.