The Center’s lobbyist rankings are based on results from a survey conducted of N.C. state Senators, Representatives, and registered lobbyists (including the lead state agency legislative liaisons), and state capital news correspondents. They were asked to list the 10 most influential lobbyists or state agency legislative liaisons during the previous session of the North Carolina General Assembly. Survey respondents received a list of all lobbyists and legislative liaisons who were registered with the Secretary of State at the end of the survey session.
The rankings of the Most Influential Lobbyists help citizens understand which key interests and organizations have clout with legislators in North Carolina and shed light on what is often an invisible process. They also show changes in the lobbying profession and illustrate which issues were important in a particular legislative session.