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Facebook lobbyists donated $600K to lawmakers interrogating Zuckerberg

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Facebook lobbyists have donated nearly $600,000 since 2013 to the lawmakers who questioned company CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week, a Center for Responsive Politics analysis shows.

In 2017, Facebook hired 30 outside lobbyists who alone gave $148,000 last year to the Senate and House committee members who heard Zuckerberg’s testimony. Another 11 in-house lobbyists donated $11,800 during the company’s year in crisis.

Only nine of the 91 committee members have not received contributions to their campaigns or leadership PACs from those lobbyists since the 2014 cycle, data shows.

Facebook employees have also donated over $640,000 to various committee members over the same period, The Verge reported.

Lobbyists donating to lawmakers’ reelection campaigns while simultaneously meeting with them to influence public policy is legal – and growing in popularity.

Going back to 2007, current Facebook lobbyists have been responsible for over $5.5 million in political donations to federal candidates, leadership PACs, and party committees. That includes $3.1 million from the lobbying firm Subject Matter, one of 10 firms hired by Facebook last year.

Zuckerberg faced questioning this week from the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees as well as the House Energy and Commerce in the wake of Russian ad buys and the scraping of user data by the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

Since 2013, the chair and ranking minority members on the committees have received roughly $80,000 from current Facebook lobbyists, according to an OpenSecrets analysis, including $20,250 to Greg Walden (R-Ore.), House Energy and Commerce chair.

Democrat Bill Nelson of Florida, the Senate Commerce’s ranking minority member, has received $17,500, including $15,000 since January 2017. Senate Democrat Dianne Feinstein, the only ranking member from Facebook’s home state of California, has received only $500. Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has collected $15,250, but none in the 2018 cycle.

Facebook Lobbyist Contributions to House/Senate Committee Leadership

Member Committee Role Party 2014 Cycle 2016 Cycle 2018 Cycle 2013-2018
Greg Walden (R-Ore) Energy & Commerce Chairman R $4,750 $7,000 $8,500 $20,250
Bill Nelson (D-Fla) Commerce Ranking Member D $0 $2,500 $15,000 $17,500
Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) Judiciary Chairman R $2,750 $12,500 $0 $15,250
Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) Energy & Commerce Ranking Member D $9,000 $4,250 $1,000 $14,250
Joe Barton (R-Texas) Energy &Commerce Vice Chair R $1,500 $2,000 $1,531 $5,031
Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) Judiciary Ranking Member D $0 $0 $500 $500

Data includes contributions from lobbyists who represented Facebook in 2017 to the campaigns and leadership PACs of the leaders from the Senate Judiciary, Senate Commerce, and House Energy & Commerce committees.

In 2017, Facebook spent $11.5 million lobbying Congress and its employees made over $800,000 in political contributions.

The $160,000 donated by Facebook lobbyists to the congressional committees so far this cycle is about 88 percent of what the same lobbyists donated in the entire 2014 cycle.

Only one of the 30 outside lobbyists represented just Facebook, however, so it’s difficult to pin the contributions to the lobbyists’ role with the company.

In November and December, however, nearly one-third of the $53,000 donated by Facebook lobbyists to 2018 candidates, leadership PACs and party committees went to members of the Senate and House committees.

Facebook Lobbyist Contributions to House Committee Members

Member Party Committee 2014 Cycle 2016 Cycle 2018 Cycle 2013-2018
Fred Upton (R-Mich) R Energy and Commerce $8,950 $6,900 $6,000 $21,850
Gene Green (D-Texas) D Energy and Commerce $5,500 $10,400 $3,000 $18,900
Tony Cardenas (D-Calif) D Energy and Commerce $5,000 $8,500 $3,000 $16,500
Steve Scalise (R-La) R Energy and Commerce $4,500 $6,750 $2,600 $13,850
Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass) D Energy and Commerce $2,500 $5,000 $6,000 $13,500
John M Shimkus (R-Ill) R Energy and Commerce $2,000 $7,700 $3,231 $12,931
Raul Ruiz (D-Calif) D Energy and Commerce $4,600 $3,750 $2,000 $10,350
Scott Peters (D-Calif) D Energy and Commerce $3,000 $1,750 $3,000 $7,750
Leonard Lance (R-NJ) R Energy and Commerce $4,250 $3,000 $0 $7,250
Doris O Matsui (D-Calif) D Energy and Commerce $1,500 $3,000 $500 $5,000
Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill) R Energy and Commerce $0 $2,500 $2,000 $4,500
Ben R Lujan (D-NM) D Energy and Commerce $3,500 $1,000 $0 $4,500
Mimi Walters (R-Calif) R Energy and Commerce $0 $1,000 $3,500 $4,500
Ryan Costello (R-Pa) R Energy and Commerce $0 $0 $4,000 $4,000
Chris Collins (R-NY) R Energy and Commerce $0 $1,500 $1,531 $3,031
Robert E Latta (R-Ohio) R Energy and Commerce $500 $250 $2,000 $2,750
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash) R Energy and Commerce $1,500 $1,250 $0 $2,750
Kurt Schrader (D-Ore) D Energy and Commerce $250 $2,500 $0 $2,750
Michael Burgess (R-Texas) R Energy and Commerce $0 $1,000 $1,500 $2,500
Pete Olson (R-Texas) R Energy and Commerce $500 $1,500 $0 $2,000
Debbie Dingell (D-Mich) D Energy and Commerce $500 $1,000 $0 $1,500
Billy Long (R-Mo) R Energy and Commerce $1,000 $0 $500 $1,500
David McKinley (R-WVa) R Energy and Commerce $500 $0 $1,000 $1,500
Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla) R Energy and Commerce $0 $1,000 $500 $1,500
Larry Bucshon (R-Ind) R Energy and Commerce $1,000 $0 $31 $1,031
Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla) R Energy and Commerce $1,000 $0 $0 $1,000
Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) R Energy and Commerce $1,000 $0 $0 $1,000
Kathy Castor (D-Fla) D Energy and Commerce $500 $500 $0 $1,000
Yvette D Clarke (D-NY) D Energy and Commerce $0 $1,000 $0 $1,000
David Loebsack (D-Iowa) D Energy and Commerce $0 $0 $1,000 $1,000
Morgan Griffith (R-Va) R Energy and Commerce $750 $0 $31 $781
Richard Hudson (R-NC) R Energy and Commerce $250 $500 $0 $750
Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) R Energy and Commerce $750 $0 $0 $750
Buddy Carter (R-Ga) R Energy and Commerce $500 $0 $31 $531
Susan Brooks (R-Ind) R Energy and Commerce $500 $0 $0 $500
G K Butterfield (D-NC) D Energy and Commerce $0 $500 $0 $500
Kevin Cramer (R-ND) R Energy and Commerce $500 $0 $0 $500
Mike Doyle (D-Pa) D Energy and Commerce $0 $0 $500 $500
Brett Guthrie (R-Ky) R Energy and Commerce $500 $0 $0 $500
Peter Welch (D-Vt) D Energy and Commerce $500 $0 $0 $500
Anna Eshoo (D-Calif) D Energy and Commerce $0 $0 $0 $0
Bill Flores (R-Texas) R Energy and Commerce $0 $0 $0 $0
Gregg Harper (R-Miss) R Energy and Commerce $0 $0 $0 $0
Bobby L Rush (D-Ill) D Energy and Commerce $0 $0 $0 $0
Paul Tonko (D-NY) D Energy and Commerce $0 $0 $0 $0

Data includes contributions from lobbyists who represented Facebook in 2017 to members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee including their leadership PACs.

Facebook Lobbyist Contributions to Senate Committee Members

Member Committee Party 2014 Cycle 2016 Cycle 2018 Cycle 2013-2018
Roy Blunt (R-Mo) Commerce R $7,500 $12,550 $1,000 $21,050
Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) Judiciary R $9,500 $9,000 $2,500 $21,000
Orrin G Hatch (R-Utah) Judiciary R $2,000 $8,000 $10,900 $20,900
Cory Gardner (R-Colo) Commerce R $7,600 $3,000 $8,400 $19,000
Dean Heller (R-Nev) Commerce R $2,500 $2,000 $13,400 $17,900
Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis) Commerce D $2,615 $3,700 $10,700 $17,015
Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev) Commerce D $0 $15,300 $0 $15,300
Gary Peters (D-Mich) Commerce D $10,750 $500 $3,000 $14,250
Tom Udall (D-NM) Commerce D $10,800 $1,000 $1,000 $12,800
Maggie Hassan (D-NH) Commerce D $0 $12,150 $500 $12,650
John Thune (R-SD) Commerce R $6,500 $4,650 $1,000 $12,150
John Cornyn (R-Texas) Judiciary R $5,700 $6,000 $0 $11,700
Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) Judiciary D $3,800 $6,550 $750 $11,100
Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) Commerce D $4,500 $5,100 $1,500 $11,100
Jeff Flake (R-Ariz) Judiciary R $0 $5,000 $5,900 $10,900
Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) Judiciary/Commerce D $0 $2,500 $8,000 $10,500
Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) Judiciary/Commerce D $0 $9,500 $0 $9,500
Chris Coons (D-Del) Judiciary D $4,500 $3,500 $0 $8,000
Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Judiciary R $4,500 $0 $3,200 $7,700
Maria Cantwell (D-Wash) Commerce D $1,000 $1,500 $5,000 $7,500
Ed Markey (D-Mass) Commerce D $7,500 $0 $0 $7,500
Mike Lee (R-Utah) Judiciary/Commerce R $1,000 $6,400 $0 $7,400
Cory Booker (D-NJ) Judiciary D $4,100 $1,000 $2,250 $7,350
Mazie K Hirono (D-Hawaii) Judiciary D $3,000 $1,500 $2,000 $6,500
Todd Young (R-Ind) Commerce R $500 $5,750 $0 $6,250
Ben Sasse (R-Neb) Judiciary R $1,000 $3,500 $1,500 $6,000
Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill) Commerce D $0 $4,700 $0 $4,700
Ron Johnson (R-Wis) Commerce R $500 $4,000 $0 $4,500
Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Judiciary/Commerce R $1,250 $2,700 $0 $3,950
Dick Durbin (D-Ill) Judiciary D $0 $500 $1,000 $1,500
Deb Fischer (R-Neb) Commerce R $1,000 $0 $250 $1,250
Shelley Moore Capito (R-WVa) Commerce R $1,000 $0 $0 $1,000
Thom Tillis (R-NC) Judiciary R $0 $1,000 $0 $1,000
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) Judiciary D $0 $0 $1,000 $1,000
Roger Wicker (R-Miss) Commerce R $0 $0 $1,000 $1,000
Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) Commerce R $250 $0 $0 $250
James M Inhofe (R-Okla) Commerce R $0 $0 $0 $0
John Kennedy (R-La) Judiciary R $0 $0 $0 $0
Jerry Moran (R-Kan) Commerce R $0 $0 $0 $0

Data includes contributions from lobbyists who represented Facebook in 2017 to members of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees including their leadership PACs.

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