Michigan lobbying

7:50 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Michigan agencies use taxpayer money for lobbying

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Staff time spent trying to influence lawmakers. Governor's spokesman says it's not "insidious."
Lobbying is normal in the course of public business, but when the government lobbies itself, the practice can involve taxpayer resources used to pursue a political agenda. Like expanding a state-run district that manages underachieving schools. Restructuring a major health care insurer. Or enacting right to work.
7:37 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Lobbying in Michigan adds up

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Lansing State Journal analysis finds more than 1,400 entities reported spending money on lobbying in 2012.
Lobbyists spent $36.6 million last year on efforts to influence public policy in Michigan, an analysis by the Lansing State Journal shows. That's 3 percent more than the $35 million lobbyists reported spending in 2011 and nearly twice as much as the $18.5 million that was reportedly spent in 2001, the first year for which reports are available through the Secretary of State's website.