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Arkansas government sector lobbying

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Taxpayer-funded lobbying is government to government lobbying. counties, cities, school districts, public facilities and associations of public employees frequently use public funds to influence legislation and appropriations at the state and federal levels.

This practice is controversial because public funds are spent to lobby for an agenda not subject to direct approval by voters, and outcomes may be contrary taxpayers' benefit.

Federal lobbying

Several cities report federal lobbying. The city of Brinkley lobbied in 2009.[1]

Fayetteville has also been active in federal lobbying and has registered a lobbyist annually since 2004. From 2004-2008, the city spent $80,000 per year on federal lobbying for a total of $400,000 for those five years.[2]

Fort Smith lobbied in 2007 and 2008.[3]

In-state lobbying

Several cities have registered lobbyists for lobbying the Arkansas legislature and state agencies. These include Osceola, North Little Rock, Farmington, and Little Rock.[4][5][6][7]

Disclosure

According to Sunshine Review's analysis of information disclosed on county websites, no county in Arkansas discloses lobbying information or membership in government sector lobbying associations (see below).[8]


Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations

The following is a list of Arkansas government sector lobbying associations by type:

City and municipal

County

Emergency services

Justice

Municipal

School

University

Other


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