Its widely agreed upon that lobbying has grown out of control in recent years, but there seems to be some dispute as to the number of active lobbyists in the capitol. Previously, I linked to this Washington Post article which reports that the numbered of registerd lobbyists has "doubled since 2000 to more than 34,750," but its been brought to my attention, by Mark Noonan at Blogs for Bush, that this Post article contradicts that figure. As you can see from the article, the author runs a directory company which lists only 11,500 active lobbyists in Washington, which is significantly less than the 34,750 registered number.
But if you google this subject, you won't find much about lobbying counts, methodologies, and such. Considering the importance of the issue, could we please get some definitive figures?