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We’ve updated Lobbying.ph, our tool to explore Philadelphia lobbying activity, with new data released last week by the city’s Board of Ethics for the third quarter of this year. We’ve also added a new feature: users can sort the data to see which city officials are being lobbied, and by whom.

While the data set is still limited, it’s already proving to be a good window into how interest groups and businesses are trying to influence our elected officials, and how much they are spending to do it.

Along with today’s update, you’ll find a story about who the top spenders are, as well as a piece about which city officials are taking gifts, and from whom.

Next quarter, we hope to have completed a feature that will allow users to search by bill or issue, so that readers can easily discover who is spending how much to either support or fight a specific issue.

Lobbying.ph, which we first launched this spring, helps you scan, search, and sort through lobbying disclosure reports filed with the City’s Board of Ethics.

The lobbying law, which was passed unanimously by city council and took effect in January of this year, requires all groups, companies, and individuals who seek to influence city officials to file quarterly reports that describe their lobbying activity. Currently, this information is submitted on paper forms which was either hand-written or typed. The Board of Ethics is hoping to switch to a digital reporting system sometime next spring. In the meantime, however, PPIIN will continue to make this data available online at Lobbying.ph.