Appetite for Disclosure


Not everyone has that kind of appetite apparently. Businesses and lobbying firms are still complaining about the disclosure of contributions – both campaign and honorary – required in the new lobbying disclosure forms (LD-203). “This is insanity. It is grossly overreacting on the part of the Hill,” says one senior vice president of government relations.

The new lobbying reports are available online (you can search them here) and CQ Politics went through and picked out some of the contributions:

Chevron gave $1.2 million to an education program in Africa and South America that has a congressman on its board.

Wal-Mart Stores gave $200,000 to the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation for a dinner honoring three lawmakers.

Coca-Cola Co., AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and Anheuser-Busch Companies each chipped in six-figure contributions to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

• The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights spent $240,000 on its annual dinner, which honored Rep. John Conyers Jr. , D-Mich., at the Hilton Washington and Towers.

• Wal-Mart contributed $200,000 to the cancer foundation’s spring fundraiser March 14 at the National Building Museum. Sen. Tom Harkin , D-Iowa, and Reps. Norm Dicks , D-Wash., and Edward Whitfield , R-Ky, were honored as co-chairmen.

• The American Medical Association gave Harkin and House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer , D-Md., awards for outstanding government service at a dinner April 1 that cost $155,224.

• Pfizer Inc. gave Research! America $100,000 for a dinner March 18 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium that honored Sen. Edward M. Kennedy , D-Mass., with an award for advocating medical research.

There’s way more available at both the Senate Office of Public Records site and the Clerk of the House’s Lobbying Disclosure site. So, good hunting.

I’m sure the I’ll have some time to go through these soon, so check back here too.