Interest Groups

All contribution figures include monetary and non-monetary funds to campaign committees and independent expenditures in support of campaign committees, received in the 2005, 2007, and 2009 election cycles.

Examples: oil, telecom, tobacco
Agricultural Services & Products
Florists & nursery services$9,250
Agricultural chemicals (fertilizers & pesticides)$3,350
Animal feed & health products$2,100
Farm organizations & cooperatives$1,100
Crop Production & Basic Processing
Vegetables, fruits & tree nuts$66,550
Other commodities (including rice, peanuts, honey)$8,200
Farmers, in general$3,230
Farmers, crop unspecified$1,500
Dairy farmers & wholesale and retail milk, cheese and ice cream dealers$12,000
Food Processing & Sales
Food stores$153,270
Food & beverage products and services$43,900
Food & kindred products manufacturing$32,900
Food wholesalers$18,450
Meat processing & products$8,950
Forestry & Forest Products
Paper & pulp mills and paper manufacturing$8,600
Timber companies, sawmills, & others engaged in cutting down trees$1,400
Horse breeders$2,200
Feedlots & related livestock services$500
Miscellaneous Agriculture
Miscellaneous agriculture$4,350
Poultry & Eggs
Poultry & eggs$500
Communications & Electronics
Bands, Orchestras & Other Live Music Production
Computer Equipment & Services
Online computer services$51,999
Computer software$43,127
Computer manufacture & services$39,150
Data processing & computer services$16,878
Computers, components & accessories$10,545
Electronics Manufacturing & Services
Electronics manufacturing & services$42,000
Live Theater/Other Entertainment Productions
Actors, actresses & others in the live theater industry$338,852
Miscellaneous Communications & Electronics
Communications & electronics$12,900
Movie Theaters
Movie theaters$39,200
Printing & Publishing
Book, newspaper & periodical publishing$84,905
Commercial printing & typesetting$38,990
Printing, publishing & allied industries$11,900
Greeting card publishing$1,000
Recorded Music Production
Recorded music & music production$117,815
Telecom Services & Equipment
General telecommunications$65,750
Paging & cellular phones and services$32,849
Telephone & communications equipment$11,850
Other Communications Services$6,350
Telephone Utilities
General telephone utilities$2,750
Long-distance telephone & telegraph service$250
TV & Movie Production/Distribution
Motion picture production & distribution$574,158
Broadcasting & motion pictures$263,239
Television production$170,703
Commercial television & radio stations$99,874
Cable & satellite TV operators$40,200
Building Materials & Equipment
Stone, clay, glass & concrete products$27,450
Construction equipment$22,500
General building materials$18,650
Other construction-related products$10,050
Plumbing & pipe products$8,100
Lumber and wood products & lumber yards$3,700
Electrical supply$2,600
Construction Services
Engineering, architecture & construction management services$591,511
Architectural services$425,948
Engineers - type unknown$78,130
General Contractors
Public works, industrial & commercial construction$296,676
Construction, unclassified$86,100
Construction & public works$47,650
Builders associations$4,600
Home Builders
Residential construction$60,475
Special Trade Contractors
Miscellaneous special trade contractors$95,716
Electrical contractors$80,875
Landscaping & excavation services$45,648
Plumbing, heating & air conditioning$21,550
Defense Aerospace
Defense areospace contractors$18,325
Defense Electronics
Defense electronic contractors$1,600
Miscellaneous Defense
Homeland Security contractors$5,150
Defense shipbuilders$3,000
Defense-related services$2,100
Defense research & development$1,450
Energy & Natural Resources
Commercial Fishing
Electric Utilities
Gas & electric utilities$46,870
Department of Water & Power$20,550
Independent power generation & cogeneration$1,500
Environmental Services & Equipment
Environmental services, equipment & consulting$73,199
Fisheries & Wildlife
Fisheries & wildlife$500
Hunting & wildlife$1,000
Coal mining$1,200
Metal mining & processing$300
Miscellaneous Energy
Alternate energy production & services$24,125
Energy production & distribution$12,950
Power plant construction & equipment$1,000
Miscellaneous Energy & Natural Resources
General energy & natural resources$7,050
Oil & Gas
Gasoline service stations$51,260
Major (multinational) oil & gas producers$49,300
General oil & gas$34,850
Independent oil & gas producers$20,857
Natural gas transmission & distribution$17,000
Petroleum refining & marketing$13,000
Oilfield service, equipment & exploration$7,150
Fuel oil dealers$1,850
LPG/Liquid propane dealers & producers$1,000
General railroad transportation$7,100
Railroad services$3,500
Steel mining & processing$2,050
Waste Management
Waste management$91,800
Water Utilities
Water utilities$18,700
Wise Use
Resource-development anti-environmental groups$100
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
Bail Bonds
Bail Bonds$14,291
Banks & Lending Institutions
Commercial banks & bank holding companies$312,147
General banks & lending institutions$12,500
Credit Unions
Credit unions$12,650
Finance & Credit Companies
Credit agencies & finance companies$26,825
Payday/Title Loans$10,125
Insurance agencies, brokers & agents$322,170
General insurance companies$27,550
Accident & health insurance$24,125
Property & casualty insurance$12,000
Life insurance$6,875
Miscellaneous Finance
Financial services & consulting$198,100
Other financial services$38,350
Tax return services$11,050
Credit reporting services & collection agencies$4,250
Miscellaneous Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
General finance, insurance & real estate$82,975
Real Estate
Real estate developers & subdividers$2,581,834
Real estate agents & managers$1,240,654
General real estate$1,172,759
Building operators & managers$464,216
Mortgage bankers & brokers$212,582
Other real estate services, appraisals$81,338
Title insurance & title abstract offices$56,725
Savings & Loans
Savings banks & savings and loans$4,300
Securities & Investment
Security brokers & investment companies$702,999
Venture capital$157,700
Investment banking$139,400
General securities, commodities & investment$113,850
Investment Holding Companies$73,200
Hedge Funds$21,994
Commodity brokers & dealers$2,350
Stock exchanges$600
General Business
Adult Nightclubs
Adult nightclubs$22,300
Beer, Wine & Liquor
Liquor wholesalers$23,650
Liquor stores$22,900
Wine & distilled spirits manufacturing$21,366
Miscellaneous alcoholic beverages$6,100
Business Associations
Chambers of commerce$43,382
General business associations$31,414
Pro-business organizations$1,550
International trade associations$100
Business Services
General business services$658,483
Advertising & public relations services$257,649
Management consultants & services$139,050
Outdoor advertising services$138,167
Marketing research services$107,838
Commercial photography, art & graphic design$85,739
Security services$79,885
Beauty & barber shops$57,100
Employment agencies$45,155
Direct mail advertising services$4,600
Chemical & Related Manufacturing
Paints, solvents & coatings$14,900
Plastics & rubber processing and products$8,950
Adhesives & sealants$7,300
Household cleansers & chemicals$2,374
Food & Beverage
Restaurants & drinking establishments$475,392
Fish processing$55,650
Food catering & food services$14,225
Beverages (non-alcoholic)$6,500
Confectionary processors & manufacturers$5,900
Beverage bottling & distribution$3,000
Gambling & Casinos
Casinos, racetracks & gambling$30,300
Indian gaming$2,500
Lodging & Tourism
Hotels & motels$156,790
Travel agents$26,900
General lodging & tourism$12,413
Miscellaneous Business
General commerce$23,350
Import/export services$22,900
Wholesale trade$12,100
Miscellaneous Manufacturing & Distributing
Clothing & accessories$68,250
Fabricated metal products$38,073
Recycling of metal, paper, plastics, etc.$36,050
Toiletries & cosmetics$35,850
Textiles & fabrics$33,850
Electrical lighting products$19,250
Industrial & commercial equipment and materials$18,720
Shoes & leather products$17,500
Furniture & wood products$16,514
Household & office products$12,250
Personal products manufacturing$8,450
Paper, glass & packaging materials$8,366
Paper packaging materials$6,800
Sporting goods sales & manufacturing$4,300
Precision instruments$4,000
Metal cans & containers$2,600
Heavy industrial manufacturing$2,350
Office machines$2,000
Household appliances$1,600
Glass products$1,548
Hardware & tools$1,375
Clocks & watches$1,200
Small arms & ammunition$1,100
Photographic equipment & supplies$1,000
Optical instruments & lenses$1,000
Miscellaneous Services
Miscellaneous services$63,177
Physical fitness centers$32,670
Funeral services$30,850
Laundries & dry cleaners$29,750
Equipment rental & leasing$12,800
Pest control$6,350
Miscellaneous repair services$5,100
Video tape rental$1,650
Recreation & Live Entertainment
Professional sports, arenas & related equipment and services$129,674
General recreation & entertainment$76,357
Amusement & recreation centers$33,786
Retail Sales
Apparel & accessory stores$190,221
Miscellaneous retail stores$72,478
General retail trade$44,225
Department, variety & convenience stores$43,414
Hardware & building materials stores$30,456
Furniture & appliance stores$24,950
Consumer electronics & computer stores$20,450
Drug stores$6,250
Vending machine sales & services$2,150
Direct sales$2,000
Tobacco companies & tobacco product sales
Tobacco companies & tobacco product sales$1,100
Alternative Health Products
Alternative health products$3,350
Medical cannibis dispensaries$1,600
Health Professionals
Psychiatrists & psychologists$125,431
Other non-physician health practitioners$70,630
General health professionals$26,298
Other physician specialists$23,911
Optometrists & ophthalmologists$16,250
Health Services
General health care services$101,342
Outpatient health services (including drug & alcohol)$9,850
Medical laboratories$9,700
Home care services$8,350
Mental health services$4,900
AIDS treatment & testing$3,700
Optical services (glasses & contact lenses)$3,000
Hospitals & Nursing Homes
Nursing homes$80,600
Health care institutions$47,405
Drug & alcohol treatment hospitals$13,600
Miscellaneous Health
General health, education & human resources$57,485
Pharmaceuticals & Health Products
Medical supplies manufacturing & sales$41,900
Biotech products & research$20,000
Pharmaceutical manufacturing$15,900
General health care products$4,750
Pharmaceutical wholesale$3,950
Nutritional & dietary supplements$2,600
Ideology/Single Issue
Animal Rights
Animal rights$1,750
Armenian Cultural Groups
Armenian Cultural Groups$250
Conservative Policy Organization
Republican-based groups (but not official party committees) and generic conservative ones$200
Consumer Groups
Consumer groups$350
Disability Rights Policy
Disability Rights Policy$450
Elderly/Social Security
Elderly issues & Social Security$5,650
Gay/Lesbian Rights & Issues
Gay & lesbian rights and issues$15,704
Health & Welfare Policy
Health & welfare policy$13,675
Human Rights
Children's rights$21,750
Human rights$3,550
Immigration Rights Policy
Immigration Rights Policy$300
Liberal Policy Organization
Democratic-based groups (but not official party committees) and generic liberal/progressive ones$3,433
Minority & Ethnic Groups
Minority & ethnic groups$18,600
Abortion policy, pro-choice$8,700
Pro-Environmental Policy
Environmental policy$63,250
Abortion policy, pro-life$250
Women's Issues
Women's issues$26,224
General Trade Unions
Electrical workers/IBEW$953,594
Construction unions$810,850
General labor unions$793,573
Health worker unions$490,708
Food service & related unions$109,101
Commercial service unions$83,627
Entertainment unions$40,280
Energy-related unions (non-mining)$7,250
Other unions$6,075
General commercial unions$4,500
Communications & hi-tech unions$3,950
Retail trade unions$1,500
Manufacturing unions$200
Agricultural labor unions$100
Public Sector Unions
Police & fire fighters unions and associations$2,224,285
Teachers unions$942,887
State & local government employee unions$486,658
US Postal Service unions & associations$6,900
Civil service & government unions$5,850
Federal employee unions$1,000
Transportation Unions
Transportation unions$72,842
Merchant marine & longshoremen unions$27,262
Teamsters unions$22,619
Automotive unions$3,350
Air transport unions$1,000
Other transportation unions$500
Lawyers & Lobbyists
Lawyers/Law Firms
Attorneys & law firms$4,504,968
Legal Services$84,390
Trial lawyers & law firms$16,407
Corporate lawyers & law firms$1,150
Registered Lobbyists$1,008,864
Political consultants, advisors and lobbyists$112,292
Registered Foreign Agents$2,250
Other/Retiree/Civil Servants
Civil Servants/Public Officials
Civil servant/public employee$249,264
Public official (elected or appointed)$159,424
Courts & justice system$148,284
Municipal & county government organizations$9,949
Schools & colleges$262,364
Public school teachers, administrators & officials$259,588
General education$105,094
Law schools$20,800
Technical, business & vocational schools and services$11,300
Medical schools$3,900
Nonprofit Institutions
Nonprofit foundations$150,606
Museums, art galleries, libraries, etc.$50,410
Tribal Governments
Native American tribes & governing units$2,000
Welfare/Social Work
Welfare & social work$36,922
Air Transport
Aviation services & airports$49,200
General air transport$24,400
General aviation (private pilots)$18,000
Aircraft parts & equipment$12,300
Express delivery services$11,525
Aircraft manufacturers$8,550
Space vehicles & components$6,334
Air freight$500
Auto dealers$105,498
Auto repair$60,124
Auto dealers, new & used$60,050
Miscellaneous automotive & trucking$49,822
Truck & automotive parts and accessories$33,177
Car & truck rental agencies$19,800
Auto manufacturers$11,750
Miscellaneous Transport
Buses & taxis$45,200
General transportation$27,869
Freight & delivery services$19,775
Bus services$9,200
Motorcycles, snowmobiles & other motorized vehicles$2,500
Recreational transport$500
Parking Lots
Parking operators and managers, including airport$148,600
Sea Transport
General sea transport$63,470
Cruise ships & lines$35,824
Sea freight & passenger services$5,500
Trucking companies & services$95,510
Truck & trailer manufacturers$3,450