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Lobbying in Winnebago County, Illinois

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Since 2005, the county has spent $91,285.50 on government sector lobbying. This includes one contract with lobbyists and membership in government sector lobbying associations.

Taxpayer-funded lobbying is the use of public funds by governments to influence other levels of government. Counties, for example, will pay lobbyists to influence the state or the federal government. This type of lobbying is often not disclosed to constituents. Counties hire lobbyists on a contractual basis, have lobbyists on staff, or join groups which promote or oppose legislation on their behalf. Lobbyists also help counties seeking specific projects or appropriations.

The county is represented by lobbying firm Kolkmeier Consulting for 2010, and has spent $10,500 on this contract as of July 2010.[1] It is unclear what representation the county had before 2010.

Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations

Main article: Illinois government sector lobbying associations

Winnebago County belongs to two government sector lobbying associations:[1]

Association Year Amount
Metro Counties of Illinois 2010 $8,729
Metro Counties of Illinois 2009 $8,729
Metro Counties of Illinois 2008 $8,729
Metro Counties of Illinois 2007 $8,729
Metro Counties of Illinois 2006 $8,729
Metro Counties of Illinois 2005 $8,729
National Association of Counties 2009 $5,758.50
National Association of Counties 2008 $5,749
National Association of Counties 2007 $5,749
National Association of Counties 2006 $5,749
National Association of Counties 2005 $5,406