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||No||All content © 2006-2018 Prince George's County, MD and its representatives. All rights reserved. as stated in the website copyright.|
|Available in bulk||No||Individual PDF by year|
|Available free online||Yes|
|Available free of charge||Yes|
|In an open format||PDF only|
|findable||1||Found the direct links|
|findable_steps||I started with a Google Search for lobbying and found the PDF downloads in the search and had to backtrack in the site architecture to locate where the pdf's were linked.|
|Collected by government||Yes|
|usability||1||Requires parsing the PDF. Text is selectable to extract.|
|collector_name||Prince George's Office of Ethics and Accountability||Lobbying information found within the Information Architecture of the the office|
|characteristics||Lobbyist registration information — including name, contact information, and date of registration||Only available: Lobbyist Name, Address, Organization Represented - Year of registration.|
|location||https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/1044/Lobbying - PG County Lobbying Information Page where PDF downloads are linked, https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/Vi - 2017 Registered Lobbyists and Reports, https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/Vi - 2016 Registered Lobbyists and Reports, https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/Vi - 2015 Registered Lobbyists and Reports, https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/Vi - 2014 Registered Lobbyists and Reports, https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/Vi - 2013 Registered Lobbyists and Reports||Only available as PDF downloads at the links provided.|