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February 29, 2012 at 8:44am

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They spent $3.5 billion lobbying in the USA - what’s their activity in the UK?

A group of 167 organisations with almost $3.5 billion of disclosed lobbying spend in the USA, are also engaged in lobbying and public affairs activity in the UK.

Research by Who’s Lobbying has identified at least 167 organisations with disclosed lobbying activity in both the UK and USA.

In the USA these 167 organisations have a combined disclosure of $3,499,731,804 total amount spent on lobbying and lobbying firms hired.

US data was sourced from InfluenceExplorer.com and OpenSecrets.org. Figures are based on lobbying activity reported to the Senate Office of Public Records. Reported dollar amounts are required to be accurate to the nearest $20,000.

In the USA there is also disclosure of the issues and bills organisations have lobbied on.

Through UK department ministerial meeting reports we know these 167 organisations have had at least 343 meetings with government, in the period May 2010 - June 2011.

The UK government’s proposals for a Statutory Register of Lobbyists does not include the requirement to disclose amount spent on lobbying, or issues being lobbied on.

The government’s proposal also does not include the requirement for in-house lobbyists to register.

Given the amount of money disclosed by these organisations in the US, there is justification for legitimate public interest in requiring disclosure of the amount spent and issues lobbying on in the UK. This could be included in legislation for a UK register of lobbyists.

The table below shows the top 15 organisations by disclosed US lobbying spend that have also had disclosed UK based lobbying or public affairs activity in the UK.

Organisation US lobbying spend and most frequently disclosed US lobbying issues
covers through to
end of Q3 2011
data from Influence Explorer and OpenSecrets.org
UK lobbying spend and most frequently disclosed UK lobbying issues
US Chamber of Commerce $544,505,445
Immigration, Taxes, Fed Budget & Appropriations, Law Enforcement & Crime, Trade
No UK requirement to disclose lobbying spend or lobbying issues. Had at least 3 meetings with UK govt since May 2010.
Northrop Grumman $163,518,093
Transportation, Trade, Government Issues, Energy & Nuclear Power, Aviation, Airlines & Airports
No UK requirement to disclose lobbying spend or lobbying issues. Had at least 6 meetings with UK govt since May 2010.
Exxon Mobil $160,946,942
Fed Budget & Appropriations, Natural Resources, Government Issues, Consumer Product Safety, Chemical Industry
No UK requirement to disclose lobbying spend or lobbying issues. Had at least 6 meetings with UK govt since May 2010.
Boeing Co $151,144,310
Taxes, Homeland Security, Foreign Relations, Labor, Antitrust & Workplace, Transportation
No UK requirement to disclose lobbying spend or lobbying issues. Had at least 6 meetings with UK govt since May 2010.
Lockheed Martin $125,580,880
Homeland Security, Science & Technology, Energy & Nuclear Power, Taxes, Trade
No UK requirement to disclose lobbying spend or lobbying issues. Had at least 8 meetings with UK govt since May 2010.
General Motors $117,371,000
Fed Budget & Appropriations, Trade, Finance, Transportation, Radio & TV Broadcasting
No UK requirement to disclose lobbying spend or lobbying issues. Had at least 5 meetings with UK govt since May 2010.
Pfizer Inc $112,520,000
Pharmacy, Consumer Product Safety, Fed Budget & Appropriations, Agriculture, Torts
No UK requirement to disclose lobbying spend or lobbying issues. Had at least 12 meetings with UK govt since May 2010.
Microsoft Corp $100,585,000
Copyright, Patent & Trademark, Consumer Product Safety, Science & Technology, Labor, Antitrust & Workplace, Health Issues
No UK requirement to disclose lobbying spend or lobbying issues. Had at least 16 meetings with UK govt since May 2010.
ConocoPhillips $78,182,717
Natural Resources, Foreign Relations, Clean Air & Water, Transportation, Marine, Boats & Fisheries
No UK requirement to disclose lobbying spend or lobbying issues. Had at least 4 meetings with UK govt since May 2010.
Royal Dutch Shell $71,508,339
Natural Resources, Clean Air & Water, Trade, Chemical Industry, Foreign Relations
No UK requirement to disclose lobbying spend or lobbying issues. Had at least 31 meetings with UK govt since May 2010.
Bp $65,520,584
Foreign Relations, Clean Air & Water, Natural Resources, Transportation, Chemical Industry
No UK requirement to disclose lobbying spend or lobbying issues. Had at least 21 meetings with UK govt since May 2010.
JPMorgan Chase & Co $62,759,775
Environment & Superfund, Copyright, Patent & Trademark, Education, Government Issues, Trade
No UK requirement to disclose lobbying spend or lobbying issues. Had at least 11 meetings with UK govt since May 2010.
Raytheon Co $60,844,188
Science & Technology, Trade, Foreign Relations, Transportation, Aerospace
No UK requirement to disclose lobbying spend or lobbying issues. Had at least 1 meeting with UK govt since May 2010.
Bristol-Myers Squibb $60,776,355
Pharmacy, Trade, Agriculture, Consumer Product Safety, Clean Air & Water
No UK requirement to disclose lobbying spend or lobbying issues. Had at least 1 meeting with UK govt since May 2010.
Abbott Laboratories $53,296,000
Fed Budget & Appropriations, Agriculture, Food Industry, Pharmacy, Medical Research & Clin Labs
No UK requirement to disclose lobbying spend or lobbying issues.

You can view the table of data for all 167 organisations lobbying here.