Maryland government sector lobbying
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.
Annapolis County has as its lobbyist for 2010 a former county councilman.
Montgomery County Public Schools belongs to government sector lobbying associations (see below), as do Carroll County Public Schools, Howard County Public Schools, and Baltimore County Public Schools.
The Pacific Research Institute analyzes the state's lobbying registration law as requiring much less information to be disclosed from lobbying activity than other states. The Institute also rates Maryland as performing poorly in making that information available.
In 2009, the Maryland Association of Counties, which is funded in part by taxpayer funds (see below), had a conference to discuss budget issues affecting counties in the state. Afterward, hundreds of pictures of drunk staffers were posted on Facebook.
Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations
- Maryland Association of Chiefs of Police
- Maryland Sheriffs' Association
- Maryland State Firemen's Association
- Prince George's County Deputy Sheriffs Association
- Maryland Association of Area Agencies On Aging
- Maryland Association of Community Colleges
- Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations
- Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators
- Maryland Library Association