How many lobbyists are there in Washington?
The Center for Responsive Politics has established a Lobbying Database, according to which there were 11,140 lobbyists in Washington by April 2010. In 2010, $0.92 billion have already been spent in lobbying ‘â€œ the total spent in 2009 was $3.49 billion. The lobbyist-population reached its peak in 2007, with 14,798 people. According to this center, the top 3 lobbying firms are: Patton Boggs LLP, Akin, Gump et al and Podesta Group.