State Auditor Rebecca Otto released a report today that looks at how much money local governments spent on lobbying in 2008. Local governments spent a total of $8,550,018 on lobbying activities in 2008. The city of Minneapolis spent the most money of any local government unit, $401,551. The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities spent the most of any association, $1,028,634.
MPR did a story examining government lobbying government earlier this year. You can find that story and other data here.
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Tom Scheck has covered politics and state government for more than ten years for MPR News. He’s covered several gubernatorial campaigns, two statewide recounts, the presidential bids of Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann, U.S. Senate races, close Congressional contests and the Minnesota Legislature. He lives in Falcon Heights with his wife, son and dog. He can sometimes be found chasing a white ball on a golf course. It isn’t a straight walk. Tips are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org