May 17, 2012

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:

PDC conference on digital ads prompts talk of next steps

Commission members recapped what they learned during a Jan. 16 public forum on digital political advertising, “Big Data, Big Dollars: Shining Light on Digital Political Advertising.” The Olympia event featured academic and industry experts from around the country. It drew an audience of dozens to the forum and another 150 viewers who watched the event live on TVW.

Commission Chairman David Ammons said the forum helped educate the Commission on best practices surrounding the regulation of digital political advertising. It also allowed them to meet with their counterparts from California’s Fair Political Practices Commission.

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The Public Disclosure Commission has been actively working to improve access to disclosure data. You can help by taking a quick, 5 minute survey to help us understand how you utilize our current search tools.

This work is part of the PDC's Next Generation Data Access Project which recently resulted in the publishing of 5 million records on the Washington State Open Data Portal.