By the numbers: Credit bureaus are big spenders, winners in Washington

Companies that report or help calculate consumer credit scores were lightly regulated by Washington until the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Here's a look at their spending on lobbying and political contributions in 2007-10, plus federal contracts they won from agencies ranging from the Federal Aviation Administration to the Veterans Affairs Department during the same period. The data below was compiled by the Sunlight Foundation and Center for Responsive Politics.

   *  $3.35 million in lobbying expenditures
   *  $521,662 in campaign contributions*
   * $10.05 million in federal contract awards
 
   *  $1.75 million in lobbying expenditures
   *  $271,149 in campaign contributions*
   *  $55.97 million in federal contract awards
 
   *  $1.21 million in lobbying expenditures
   *  $268,675 in campaign contributions*
   *  $441,189 in federal contract awards
 
   *  $170,000 in lobbying expenditures
   *  $13,650 in campaign contributions*
   *  $588,269 in federal contract awards

 

* Includes contributions from company employees, their family members, and from company’s political action committee.