A complete suite of lobbying data should include information about registration and activity — who is paying lobbyists and, ideally, how much and where money is spent.
For the purposes of the U.S. City Open Data Census, lobbyist activity data should include structured information from the registration and activity reports that lobbyists are required to file: lobbyist information, client information, and descriptions of lobbying activity. Public access to this data is essential for the public to gain insight into the world of municipal influence.
Note: In some cities lobbyist registration data will be seperate from lobbyist activity data. (More info)
|Openly licensed||Yes||Website says "Usage: No Limitations"|
|Available in bulk||Yes||You can export the list of lobbyists all at once, and you can also export various report datasets|
|Up-to-date||Yes||Website says data is updated continuously (and lobbyists are required to file quarterly reports).|
|Available free online||Yes|
|Available free of charge||Yes|
|In an open format||CSV, XLS, XML|
|findable_steps||Googled Philadelphia Lobbying Data|
|Collected by government||Yes|
|collector_name||Philadelphia Board of Ethics|
|characteristics||Lobbyist registration information — including name, contact information, and date of registration||Data is available about lobbying activity but it's incomplete. The data available also doesn't clearly identify clients.|