Minnesota communities spent $7.8 million on state lobbying in 2012

  • Article by: Jennifer Brooks , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 17, 2013 - 9:05 PM

Annual report from the state auditor shows a dip in local lobbying in St. Paul, compared with 2011.

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ethicsblastJul. 17, 13 9:22 PM

How very efficient.

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hammarhead1Jul. 17, 13 9:51 PM

ban all lobbying now.

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roysandstromJul. 17, 1310:10 PM

Other wasted tax money is used to lobby by the county attorney and sheriff organizations, funded with county tax $. They fight medical cannabis with 1930s era lies. MN National Guard budgets $ and spends $ to lobby also to stop medical cannabis. Big government waste.

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brianjapanJul. 17, 1310:13 PM

Wasteful spending- money that could be spent on meaningful things.. Remember when Mr Obama said he would not allow lobbying?? Ha- They spend billions on lobbying at the federal level. Shameful I say.

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ecdoesitJul. 17, 1310:25 PM

Granted the numbers do grab attention. But this is the sausage making of democracy. Do any of you really feel that lawmakers should work in a vacuum? Without influence from constituents? This is how it manifests itself.

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hounder25Jul. 17, 1310:45 PM

isn't that why cities have state senators and representatives---to "lobby" for their local interests at the capital? Local government shouldn't be permitted to use tax dollars to hire private lobbyists.

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EleanoreJul. 18, 13 6:54 AM

This should be banned on a statewide basis. Waste is what it is. it's not necessarry and only serves to maintain the status quo pay to play the we need to be sending to history anyway.

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palsarJul. 18, 13 7:49 AM

So, public officials using tax payer money to influence (bride) other public officials to try to get more tax payer money. What's wrong with this picture?

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