Where do lobbyists direct their efforts in Congress?  OpenSecrets.Org Now Tallies the Bills

When unions, corporations and other groups spend big bucks to hire lobbyists, it appears they’re most often doing so with the goal of reaping even bigger bucks in return. The largest number of lobbying filers reported targeting appropriations bills during the last Congress, the Center for Responsive Politics has found.

OpenSecrets.org now tracks the number of filers that reported lobbying on a particular piece of legislation, back to 2005, providing information about the specific clients that paid for the work and the lawmakers sponsoring the bills. Also, each client and lobbying firm profile now includes a tab displaying the bills they were working on. You can now search OpenSecrets.org’s Lobbying Database by a bill’s name, description or number.

Want to know who’s donating to your Congressman or Senator?  Find out at Open Secrets.

Keep an eye on who’s influencing Government Motors, including the legislators who voted for the bailouts:  A Guide to Tracking Auto Influence