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Leadership® Congress Premium

Leadership® Law Premium

Leadership® Companies Premium

Leadership® Media Premium

Leadership® Federal Premium

Leadership® Nonprofits Premium 

Leadership® Federal Insight

Leadership® State-Muni Premium

Leadership® Health Focus


Leadership® Congress Premium & The Leadership Library®

  • All Member offices for the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives, including Hill offices, state offices, and district offices, plus staff with legislative responsibilities and emails.
  • All Congressional Committees and Subcommittees (including Standing, Select, and Joint), Leadership Organizations, and Congressional Support Agencies.
  • Leadership PAC offices and staff, congressional campaign offices and staff, plus more than 600 of the most popular and influential Congressional Caucuses, Task Forces, Boards, and Staff Associations.
  • Congressional Officers: these officials are usually voted in by the entire membership or appointed by the Senate Majority Leader/Speaker. 

Leadership® Federal Premium & The Leadership Library®

  • All 15 federal departments and 90 independent agencies, including 171 federal advisory committees and 1,200 federal programs covering over 6,000 federal advisory committee members and 2,800 federal program managers. We use the United States Government Manual as our guide.
  • In most departments, the listings are to the branch level; however, depending on the organizational structure, we may list down to the section chief or team leader level.
  • Each department and agency is its own organization. Some departments such as Commerce and Health and Human Services have Bureaus and Administrations that could be considered independent agencies.


Leadership® State-Muni Premium and The Leadership Library®

  • The executive and legislative branches for all 50 states, the four U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia - over 140,000 total positions.
  • The executive branch listings include departments, commissions, boards, authorities, councils, and other major offices. The database also includes campaign offices and staff for gubernatorial and other major state official elections.
  • The Legislative Section lists State Senate and House Leadership, State Senators, State Representatives, Committees (including standing, joint, and some select committees), and Legislative Agencies. 
  • On the municipal side, it includes all U.S. cities with populations greater than 65,000, all U.S. capitals, the largest city in any major U.S. county that doesn’t have a formal county government, and smaller cities and towns that are chosen because officials within these cities also hold other positions within our database.
  • It also includes all U.S. counties with populations greater 200,000, with full listings of county councils and departments,  
  • Shorter listings for over 1,000 smaller counties, covering the head of the county and the county clerk.
  • Detailed listings for more than 75 public and quasi-public authorities.


Leadership® Media Premium & The Leadership Library®

Includes national news media in the top media markets that gather and produce their own news. The categories of media outlets listed are:

  • The major news wires, newspaper chains and feature syndicates
  • The top 175 major daily newspapers
  • The major television, radio and cable networks and programs
  • The television and radio stations and programs in the top 30 markets
  • Syndicated television and radio news and interview programs
  • The leading and influential 850 consumer and trade magazines and newsletters based on circulation and reputation
  • Foreign media that have bureaus in the U.S.
  • Leading publishers of the magazines and newsletters listed in the News Media Yellow Book
  • Bloggers who comment on political and media issues, and who are considered leading and influential based on popularity and number of readers


Leadership® Companies Premium & The Leadership Library®

  • All U.S. public companies with annual revenue equal to or greater than $1.3 billion. In addition, Leadership® Companies includes some U.S. public companies with revenues ranging from $100 million to $1.3 billion, selected  for various reasons: some are newsworthy or receive a significant amount of publicity; some are well-known spin-offs of larger corporations; some are high-growth companies whose total revenues may be lower than industry leaders, but whose recent year-over-year revenue increases are impressive; some are former industry leaders whose current revenues no longer rank them among the largest, but who remain major U.S. business operations.
  • All U.S. private companies with annual revenue equal to or greater than $1 billion.
  • All non-U.S. public companies with annual revenue equal to or greater than $20 billion. In addition, Leadership® Companies includes many non-U.S. public companies with revenues ranging from $400 million to $20 billion, selected based on a combination of factors, including size, significance, and prominence of their business operations within the U.S.


Leadership® Law Premium & The Leadership Library®

  • All U.S.-based law firms that represent organizations, with at least 40 attorneys and either a corporate and business law practice area, litigation practice area, or IP practice area.
  • All non-U.S.-based law firms that represent organizations, have at least 40 attorneys, a business/corporate law practice area, and an office in either Washington, DC or one of the ten most populous cities in the U.S. (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Philadelphia, San Jose, San Diego, and Phoenix).
  • Over 1,400 major lobbying firms actively representing leading organizations at the federal level in Washington, DC.
  • All federal judges that serve in the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals, U.S. District Courts, U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, U.S. Tax Court, and bankruptcy appellate panels for U.S. Circuit Courts.
  • All state judges that serve on the highest appellate courts in the 50 states, US territories, and the District of Columbia, including state supreme courts and state courts of appeals.
  • All state superior, district, or circuit court presiding judges that serve on the trial-level courts in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
  • A listing of the DC-based and regional operations of the U.S. Department of Justice.


Leadership® Health Focus

Over 8,000 organizations throughout the universe of health and health care, including:

  • Health systems, hospitals, group medical practices, assisted living facilities, behavioral health centers, home health providers, skilled nursing facilities, and hospice care
  • Managed care organizations and insurance companies
  • Biotech firms and health research organizations
  • Academic health centers and medical schools
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors
  • Health IT providers
  • Medical device manufacturers and medical supply distributors
  • HIEs and RHIOs
  • GPOs and healthcare purchasing coalitions
  • EOP health advisory committees, programs, and policy organizations; congressional health committees, subcommittees, and caucuses
  • Federal health departments, agencies, programs, advisory committees, labs, and treatment facilities
  • State, city, and county health departments, boards, task forces, and advisory councils
  • State legislative committees on health
  • Nonprofits, including charities, foundations, associations, accrediting organizations, NGOs, PACs, interest groups, coalitions, and think tanks
  • The World Health Organization.



Leadership® Nonprofits Premium & The Leadership Library®

Note about criteria: With the exception of the NGOs, all organizations must be US-based, independent, and registered with the IRS as a nonprofit entity. Includes:

  • U.S.-based public and private 4-year colleges, universities, and military academies with enrollment greater than 5,000 students.
  • The top 60 Prep schools based on endowment.
  • The top 125 museums based on annual attendance (minimum 500,000 visitors) or distinction of collections and exhibits.
  • The 100 largest Dance Companies, Orchestras, and Opera Companies based on annual budget. Dance Companies have a minimum budget of $2.5 million; Orchestras have a minimum budget of $10 million; and Opera Companies have a minimum budget of $10 million.
  • The top 250 foundations based on total assets. Also included are established foundations led by individuals who are members of the Giving Pledge.
  • The top 200 charities based on annual contributions received.
  • The top 25 hospitals based on performance, as judged by multiple hospital industry rankings.
  • All NGOs that have general consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
  • Over 1,100 trade and professional associations operating on a national level. Organizations must be vocational in nature (members practice similar or allied trades or professions) and have an annual operating budget of at least $2 million. 
  • Leading interest groups based on political activity and overall influence.
  • All members of the AFL-CIO.
  • Leading think tanks and research institutes chosen based on general reputation.
  • All Independent Expenditure-Only Committees (Super PACs) that are individuals, groups, authorized committees and other political committees that have made an independent expenditure or filed a statement consistent with the language recommended in Advisory Opinion 2010-09 (Club for Growth) or Advisory Opinion 2010-11 (Commonsense Ten).



Leadership® Federal Insight

Over 170k Federal Positions:

•  Executive Office of the President 
•  Secretaries and Departments
•  Independent Agencies
•  Federal Offices
•  Federal Bureaus
•  Federal Programs
•  Federal Reserve Banks
•  Federal Task Forces
•  Federal Laboratories
•  U.S. Consulates, Embassies, Missions
•  U.S. Military

Contacts Who Handle:

•  Purchasing, Procurement
•  Contract Management
•  Computers, Information Systems, IT
•  Regulation, Oversight, Enforcement 
•  Regulatory Affairs, Compliance
•  Human Resources, Human Capital
•  Legal Affairs
•  Finance and Operations
•  Real Estate
•  Military, Defense
•  Emergency Services, Public Safety
•  Policy, Planning
•  Research and Development
•  Transportation


Leadership Federal Insight contains all 15 federal departments and 93 independent agencies, including 458 federal advisory committees and 1,230 federal programs covering more than 8,500 federal advisory committee members and 4,900 federal program managers.

We use the United States Government Manual as our guide. In most departments and independent agencies with budgets $100 million or greater, the listings are developed to the section chief or team leader level with support staff listed when available.

In addition, purchasing contacts from Federal Business Opportunities (FBO.gov) are added when available to organizations to list the contacts that are responsible for making purchasing decisions and managing contracts and award opportunities. Furthermore, federal purchasing cardholders are identified and salary ranges are provided, when available, from the Plum Book and Executive Office of the President salary disclosure information. Each department and agency is its own organization.