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How Reliable Are Lobbyist Registration Data?

Date: July 30, 2009
Author: Theo Francis
QUOTE: The Government Accountability Office audits a random sample of lobbyist filings, but federal law doesn't require lobbyists to actually document the lobbying they say they're doing. In April, the GAO sampled 2008 lobbyist filings and discovered that two thirds included details the filers couldn’t corroborate; for roughly a quarter of the filings, lobbyists couldn’t even establish which branch of government they had contacted for clients.

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