REPORT: 2012 Local Government Lobbying
A report from State Auditor Rebecca Otto's office shows local governments and their associations spent a total of $7,807,135 on lobbying state legislators last year. That's a decrease of $495,675 from the amount spent in 2011.
According to the report:
81 local governments - one less than in 2011 - reported that they directly employed staff or hired contract lobbyists in 2012.
The governments spent a total of $3,928,419 on staff and contract lobbyists.
In addition to the $3.9 million paid directly to staff and contract lobbyists, local governments paid dues of $10,601,645 in 2012 to local government associations that also represented their interests before legislative, administrative, or other governmental bodies.
The associations spent $3,878,716 on lobbyists and lobbying in 2012.
- Of the $3.9 million spent on lobbyists and lobbying by associations, $3,509,101 was funded exclusively through dues.