November 18, 2011 •
CQ’s First Street Makes News
“First Street™ contains a wealth of information on the people and organizations influencing policy.”
Mashable posted the feature article “Lobbyists and Politicians Beware: First Street Reveals Your Hidden Connections” by Zachary Sniderman, detailing a new service Congressional Quarterly Press is offering. First Street is a database that can show the connections between lobbyists and political officials.
The article’s following description gives you an idea of the magnitude of First Street: “The database currently contains more than 660,000 lobbying forms, 240,000 congressional and federal staffers, 32,898 clients of registered lobbying organizations and 20,000 congressional and federal organizations. In total, First Street says it covers more than 2 million connections.”
First Street comes with a price tag of $3,000 for a single license, according to Sniderman. He points out there are other services like OpenSecrets.org, but First Street claims to have the most comprehensive database.
Here is the link to the First Street website.
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