Michigan government sector lobbying
- 1 Lobbying the legislature
- 2 Governor's office
- 3 Michigan Department of Treasury
- 4 State schools and lobbying
- 5 Libraries
- 6 Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations
- 7 External links
- 8 References
This practice is contentious 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.
It can be hard to track public lobbying money. It can go through many different routes before ending up as a contract for lobbyists. For example, the Early Child Investment Corporation (ECIC), a government entity created in 2005, is involved in promoting specific legislation and in influencing law makers.
Lobbying the legislature
About $556,000 in taxpayer money was used by state government agencies to lobby the Michigan Legislature in 2012, according to the Lansing Journal. The money is 1.5 percent of the $36.6 million spent overall on lobbying in Michigan in 2012.
By comparison, 93 percent of that overall total was reported by special interest groups, companies and public relations businesses, whose purpose is to influence public policy. The margin between private-sector and government lobbying has been consistent over the years.
In 2012, Governor Snyder's executive office reported $96,000 on lobbying expenses in each of 2011 and 2012, Weiss said. That figure reflects a portion of the salaries for Snyder's deputy directors of legislative affairs. They monitor bills as they move through the House and Senate and work with lawmakers to advance Snyder's priorities, he said.
The Department of Education, an agency in the Governor's Office, increased its lobbying budget by 49% from 2007 to 2008. The Department of Environmental Quality increased its lobbying by 12%, while the Governor's Michigan Economic Development Corporation expanded its lobbying budget by 106%.
Michigan Department of Treasury
The Michigan Department of Treasury increased its lobbying budget by 2% fromn 2007 to 2008 to a total of $92,532.
State schools and lobbying
Michigan State University increased its lobbying budget 25% last year, while Macomb Community College's lobbying went up by 128%. Many local school districts lobby with taxpayer-dollars, including Oakland County's ISD which increased its lobbying funds by 80%.
The Detroit Public Library spent $44,939 in 2008, up 79% from 2007, to lobby for its interests.
Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations
City and municipal
- Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys
- Michigan Association of Municipal Cemeteries
- Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks
- Michigan Municipal Communicators
- Michigan Municipal League
- Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association
- Michigan Townships Association
- Michigan Association of Counties
- Michigan Association of County Clerks
- Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners
- Michigan Association of County Treasurers
- Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police
- Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs
- Michigan Association of Police Organizations
- Michigan Association of Police
- Michigan Court Officers Deputy Sheriffs Association
- Michigan Police Chiefs
- Michigan Sheriffs Association
- Michigan State Firemens Association
- Michigan State Police Troopers Association
- Michigan Association For Local Public Health
- Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners
- Michigan Health & Hospital Association
- Michigan Nurses Association
- Michigan District Judges Association
- Michigan Judges Association
- Michigan Probate Judges Association
- County Road Association of Michigan
- Michigan Association of Planning
- Michigan Groundwater Association
- Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association
- Michigan Public Transit Association
- Michigan Rural Water Assocation
- American Public Works Association
- Michigan Section, American Water Works Association
- Michigan Municipal Electric Association
- Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators
- Michigan Association of School Administrators
- Michigan Association of School Boards
- Michigan Association of School Personnel Administrators
- Michigan Association of School Psychologists
- Michigan Association of School Social Workers
- Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals
- Michigan Education Special Services Association
- Michigan Elementary & Middle School Principals
- Michigan School Counselor Association
- Michigan Small & Rural Schools
- Michigan Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus
- Michigan Association of Conservation Districts
- Michigan Library Association
- Michigan Nonprofit Association