City government sector lobbying associations

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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.

One example of this is the Alabama League of Municipalities, which lobbied against the posting of public ordinances and won.[1] Instead, synopses of ordinances will be made public. The Florida League of Cities wanted complete municipal authority of the execution of public meetings, without state interference.[2] While this could lead to more open government, it could also mean that municipalities do not have accountability to a higher level of government as far as keeping meetings open. The Illinois Municipal League has done just that, fighting improvements to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act as one of its main lobbying priorities.[3]

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Template:Lists of government sector lobbying associations