January 5, 2009
It’s called taxpayer-funded lobbying. A new study by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation found that the influence of lobbying by state and local government, along with universities, generates enormous federal spending. From 1998 to 2007, federal lobbying expenditures by local governments skyrocketed 240.9 percent. They don’t appear to be slowing down. From 1998 to the first half of 2008, the city of Houston spent over $5 million on federal lobbying, and the city of San Antonio spent $2.7 million. Texas Tech University alone spent $4.57 million in the same period. From the $2.1 million in Fort Worth over the 10-year period, to $2.08 million in Dallas, taxpayer funded lobbying is a growing epidemic.