Documentation

Federal Lobbying Data Schema

Lobbying

transaction_id
The registration ID assigned by the Senate Office of Public Records.
transaction_type
The type of filing as reported by the Senate Office of Public Records. http://assets.transparencydata.org.s3.amazonaws.com/docs/transaction_types-20100402.csv
transaction_type_desc
Readable description of the transaction_type.
year
The year in which the registration was filed. Valid years are 1998-2009.
filing_type

Type of filing as identified by CRP. CRP recommends the following rules be used:

  • Do not total e records unless they are larger than the associated s record.
  • Count c records in both total and industry when filing_included_nsfs is n. Don't count it in total or industry when filing_included_nsfs is y.
  • Count b records in both total and industry when filing_included_nsfs is n. Exclude from total and include in industry but subtract it from the total of the parent when filing_included_nsfs y.
Code Meaning
n non self filer parent
m non self filer subsidiary for a non self filer parent
x self filer subsidiary for a non self filer parent
p self filer parent
i non self filer for a self filer parent that has same catorder as the parent
s self filer subsidiary for a self filer parent
e non self filer subsidiary for a self file subsidiary
c non self filer subsidiary for a self filer parent with same catorder
b non self filer subsidiary for a self filer parent that has different catorder
amount
The amount spent on lobbying in US dollars.
registrant_name
Name of the person or organization filing the lobbyist registration. This is typically the firm that employs the lobbyists. Use the registrant_is_firm field to filter on firms v. individuals.
registrant_is_firm
true if registrant is a lobbying firm.
client_name
Name of the client for which the lobbyist is working.
client_category
The five character industry category code of the client assigned by CRP. http://assets.transparencydata.org.s3.amazonaws.com/docs/catcodes-20100402.csv
client_ext_id
CRP ID of the client if one exists.
client_parent_name
Name of the parent organization of the client.

Lobbyists

lobbyists.lobbyist_name
Name of the lobbyist involved in the lobbying activity.
lobbyists.lobbyist_ext_id
Lobbyist ID assigned by CRP.
lobbyists.candidate_ext_id
Candidate ID, if the lobbyist was ever a candidate, assigned by CRP.
lobbyists.government_position
Position in the federal government if the lobbyist even held one.
lobbyists.member_of_congress
true if the lobbyist was ever a member of Congress.

Issues

issues.year
The year in which the registration was filed. Valid years are 1998-2009.
issues.general_issue_code
The code that represents the issue on which the lobbying was conducted.
issues.general_issue
The name of the issue on which the lobbying was conducted.
issues.specific_issue
A description of the specific lobbying.

Agencies

agencies.agency_name
The name of the federal agency that was lobbied.
agencies.agency_ext_id
The CRP ID of the agency that was lobbied.