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Indiana 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 to taxpayers' benefit.

Disclosure

The Pacific Research Institute gives Indiana's lobbying disclosure laws consistently high marks. The Institute studied laws regarding the level of disclosure required of lobbying governments and found that Indiana provided one of the most comprehensive laws, as well as definitions for its lobbying laws that other states do not provide.[1]

Criticisms

Some organizations fighting local government reform in Indiana are funded with public dollars.[2] The Indiana Association of Counties has fought the Commission on Local Government Reform's recommendations on such matters as hiring professionals as coroners, surveyors and assessors rather than electing politicians.[2] The Indiana Township Association is one of the toughest opponents of the reform efforts. Its members, township trustees and assessors are fighting not only to save their own positions but in many instances to protect the jobs of family members under their employment.[2]

Lobbying issues

The city of Gary has lobbied for a Michael Jackson and family museum, in the hopes that this would bring tourist money to Gary.[3]

Taxpayer-funded lobbying

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

City and municipal

County

Emergency services

Justice

School

Other


References