VPAP Ranks Lobbying Compensation

This graphic from the Virginia Public Access Project shows the corporations and organizations that have reported the biggest expenditures on lobbyist compensation. No surprises here — every one of these groups has a major presence in the General Assembly. However, VPAP cautions, don’t read too much into these numbers. These seeming big spenders simply may be using a broader definition of “lobbying” than others.

As VPAP explains:

Some lobbyists disclose a prorated amount of their compensation to include only time spent talking with a legislative or executive official about a specific action — the literal legal definition of lobbying. This method can transform a 10-hour day at the state Capitol into, say, 12 minutes of reportable “lobbying.”

How companies rank in 2019-20 lobbyist compensation can vary depending on which metric is used. Those with a higher number of lobbyists and much lower average compensation rank are more likely to have calculated pay using a prorated system. Those with a relatively low number of lobbyists and relatively high average compensation rank are more likely to have reported a more full share of lobbyists’ total pay.

Bacon’s bottom line: Perhaps it would be useful for the General Assembly to set a uniform standard for how to calculate and present these numbers.

— JAB

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5 responses to “VPAP Ranks Lobbying Compensation

  1. There are so many gaps in the reporting requirements that the effort is a total waste of time. If fact, it is fair to say the intention is to deceive.

    I think all three of the stories the program picked as “related” are mine. This is the best on that topic.
    https://www.baconsrebellion.com/wp/somebody-must-think-were-stupid/

    Now, of course, we have a new team running the capitol, and sometimes you can’t even find actual roll call votes reported on the Legislative Information System. Following the action by monitoring Zoom is totally useless. The games played with fake news lobbyist disclosures have competition for our disdain.

  2. So if I wanted to go find the data myself, instead of relying on VPAP, how would I do that?

  3. Wait. Average compensation for a Dominion lobbyist is $10.4K?

    Man, there are some people who will sell the rest of down the drain for a song. Now, I think I understand Clavell’s “King Rat”.

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