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Sep. 24, 2012 10:30 am

Lobbying.ph updated: which tech orgs spent the most lobbying in Philly so far this year?

Lobbying.ph, the web app created and run by developer Casey Thomas with the Philadelphia Public Interest Information Network, was updated earlier this month with newly-released Q2 lobbying data from the city. Thomas again inputted data from the reports by hand (they are in PDF format on the city’s Ethics Board site). That’s partly because the […]

Lobbying.ph, the web app created and run by developer Casey Thomas with the Philadelphia Public Interest Information Network, was updated earlier this month with newly-released Q2 lobbying data from the city.

Thomas again inputted data from the reports by hand (they are in PDF format on the city’s Ethics Board site).

That’s partly because the city still does not have an online database of the lobbying reports, but more because it allows Thomas to scrutinize each report and correct inconsistencies, which he says contributes to the goal of the tool: “to help journalists and citizens better understand and track lobbying activity” rather than to just be a database of lobbying reports.

Check out the updated site here.

He says it only took him about eight hours this time since he has a better feel for the reports.

Here’s a look at the organizations that have spent the most money lobbying Philly’s government officials so far this year, according to the city’s lobbying reports (click the links to go to the organizations’ Lobbying.ph landing sites to see what specific issues on which the lobbying action focused):

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technically Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called β€œIt’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.

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