Virginia 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.
Virginia Tech spent $1,080,000 lobbying the U.S. Congress from 1998-2006.
Money governments pay to influence legislation can end up as campaign donations. For example, Kemper Consulting donates money to political campaign. It represents several public entities in Virginia, including the City of Norfolk, the City of Virginia Beach Public Schools, the Hampton Roads Transit Authority, the Virginia Association of Counties, and the Virginia Municipal League.