October 14, 2019

Using Vigilant data, POLITICO uncovers Juul's massive lobbying campaign

Vigilant aggregates public records data, including federal, state, and local lobbying registrations, into one simple search

POLITICO recently dug into the lobbying efforts of Juul Labs with the help of public records data compiled by Vigilant.

Juul Labs, according to POLITICO, “has spent millions of dollars on lobbying, hired high-profile Trump administration officials, and blanketed Washington with ads touting its efforts against underage vaping.”

Leveraging Vigilant’s public data aggregation, POLITICO revealed Juul hired more than two dozen lobbyists—including former Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.) and former Democratic Massachusetts attorney general Martha Coakley—to lobby federal and state officials on behalf of the e-cigarette company:

Juul has hired lobbyists in at least 38 other states as well as New York City, Chicago and the District of Columbia, according to data compiled for POLITICO by Vigilant, a company that aggregates public records data.

Vigilant, which was named the winner of the GEN Startups for News competition in 2018, is a public data monitoring platform that enables real-time search and monitoring across of public data sets. We’ve made research into lobby records—like the ones highlighted in POLITICO—as easy and as fast as possible. In one simple search, Vigilant provides the data from federal lobbying registrations (including the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, and Department of Justice FARA); state-level lobbyist databases from all 50 states and D.C.; and lobbying registrations in major cities and counties across the country.

With Vigilant, searching all of these lobbying databases takes only a few seconds, and the results represent the most recent available information because Vigilant Search updates in real time. We’ve also created Vigilant Alerts to help journalists and other research teams receive notifications whenever new filings post.

Alongside lobbying records, Vigilant aggregates public data from thousands of other sources, including business registrations and licenses, campaign finance data, court records, data breaches, and more. You can request a trial here.


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