The Center for Public Integrity identified internet companies that are consumer facing, rely almost exclusively on the internet to sell goods and services, and collect personal information from their consumers and visitors to their websites.
Most of these companies were listed in the Internet industry list as categorized by the Center for Responsive Politics. Some internet companies were categorized in other industries such as Uber Technologies and Lyft.com (Miscellaneous Transport) and Airbnb Inc. (Lodging/Tourism). Trade groups were included. Companies that had spent money to lobby Congress since 2000 were included.
The Center excluded internet companies that were not consumer facing, including internet-infrastructure companies, investment groups and those primarily selling to businesses, such as salesforce.com. In all, the Center identified 46 companies and trade groups, listed below.
The Center, with assistance from the Center for Responsive Politics, searched for campaign contributions since 2000 from employees identified as working for one of the internet companies. The contributions were totaled and the top 10 listed. The three recipients who received the most from each employee were identified and listed.
To identify privacy bills passed by Congress, the Center searched govtrack.com using privacy as a keyword search. Bills specifically targeting consumer-privacy protections were included.
List of internet companies and trade groups
Electronic Transactions Association
Financial Innovation Now
Interactive Advertising Bureau
Internet Commerce Coalition
Internet Infrastructure Coalition