LobbyFacts.eu is a new online tool based on the EU lobby register which allows the data to be sorted, compared, ranked and analysed in ways not possible in the current register. LobbyFacts allows journalists, activists, academics and others to see the top spenders on lobbying and who has the most parliamentary passes. The LobbyFacts search engine is also significantly faster than the official register website.
LobbyFacts data shows that the top 10 companies spending on EU lobby activities are: Philip Morris International, ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical, Microsoft, Shell Companies, Siemens, GDF SUEZ, General Electric Company, Huawei Technologies, Bayer, and Telekom Austria Group. They have a combined lobby expenditure of over €39 million per year.
LobbyFacts data also shows that the biggest EU lobby consultancies according to turnover are Fleishman-Hillard, Burson-Marsteller, Hill & Knowlton International Belgium, APCO Worldwide, FTI Consulting Belgium, G Plus Ltd, Kreab Gavin Anderson, FIPRA International Limited, Afore Consulting, and cabinet DN consulting sprl. They have a combined lobby turnover of over €60 million per year.
Top 10 biggest lobby spending companies
Company Lobbying expenses
1 Philip Morris International Inc. €5,25mn – 5mn
2 ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical €5mn – 4,75mn
3 Microsoft Corporation €4,75mn – 4,5mn
4 Shell Companies €4,5mn – 4,25mn
5 Siemens AG €4,355,792
6 GDF SUEZ €4mn – 3,75mn
7 General Electric Company €3,5mn – 3,25mn
8 Huawei Technologies €3,000,000
9 Bayer AG €2,760,000
10 Telekom Austria Group €2,750,000