Study how governmental entities use public funds for political lobbying purposes. Examine what types of governmental entities use public funds for lobbying purposes. Make recommendations to protect taxpayers from paying for lobbyists who may not represent the taxpayers’ interest.
Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying: The Arrangement
Political subdivisions practice taxpayer-funded lobbying in many different ways, including through the utilization of:
- Outside Lobbyists. Some entities contract with private firms and individuals to advocate at the statehouse.
- In-House Lobbyists. Other entities dedicate staff to influence legislation or administrative actions.
- Membership Organizations. Many entities pay membership dues to one or more advocacy organizations that promote a specific agenda, which is oftentimes pro-government in nature.
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