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.