There's a wide variety of ways lobbyists can calculate their pay. As a result, it's difficult to rank how much companies and groups paid to compensate lobbyists. The chart below takes a crack at it by providing two ways to look at the top 50 spenders from May 2017-April 2018.
Methodology: List includes the 53 companies and organizations that reported the highest amount paid for lobbyist compensation from May 2017 through April 2018. There were four tied at $50,000.
Source: Lobbyist Disclosure statements filed with Virginia Ethics Council.