Nevada 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 taxpayers benefit. Nevada state’s lobbying is funded by the general fund, room taxes, and other sources. State lobbying includes its Washington Office with $280,000 in spending, and $155,000 by the state Department of Transportation. Nevada ranked 2nd among states for spending on lobbyists in Washington, D.C. in 2010.
Lobbying by local entities
Twelve Nevada government entities spent more than $1.7 million taxpayer dollars in 2009 to hire federal lobbyists. These entities accumulated nearly $400,000 in expenses in the first quarter of 2010, placing the state 7th among 900 government entities according to a report by the Center for Responsive Governments on lobbying spending.
Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Reno, Sparks and Carson City also spend money on D.C. lobbyists, as do Washoe and Clark counties.
Nevada gets about 65 cents in federal funds for each tax dollar sent to the federal government.
Nevada, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Nye County and the City of Las Vegas were in the top 100 on federal lobbyist spending in 2009. Henderson, Nye County and North Las Vegas each spent $200,000; Las Vegas spent $165,000.
In a report to the 2009 Legislature, Nevada's lobbyist District Strategies noted that it helped successfully oppose an amendment that would have cost the state $75 million in federal Medicaid revenue. The firm also assisted in bringing $40 million in additional funding for foreclosure mediation.
The office has faced criticism by some members of the Nevada Legislature in past sessions, including the 2009 session. Democrat lawmakers have questioned the necessity of the office.
Nevada counties receive a failing grade on disclosing information online, and none of them disclose lobbying information.
Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations
- Henderson Police Officers' Association
- Nevada Conference of Police & Sheriffs
- Nevada Sheriffs' & Chiefs' Association
- Washoe County Sheriff's Deputies Association
- Clark County Association School Administrators
- Nevada Association of School Administrators
- Nevada Association of School Boards
- Nevada Association of School Superintendents