About one in 10 lobbying firms had less than a year of federal lobbying activity in 2018.

The 185 firms that disclosed activity for the first time last year — what Bloomberg Government calls lobbying startups — reported a combined $27.2 million in lobbying revenue for the period from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31.

This look at lobbying startups, which represented 1.7 percent of all lobbying firm revenue in 2018, is part of a series highlighting the different metrics Bloomberg Government uses to assess the performance of firms and the organizations they represent. Read more below.

Measuring the Lobbying Industry_ Lobbying Startups in 2018.