Virginia government sector lobbying

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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.

School lobbying

Virginia Tech spent $1,080,000 lobbying the U.S. Congress from 1998-2006.[1]

Political donations

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.[2]

Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations

The following is a list of Virginia government sector lobbying associations by type:

City and municipal




Public officials




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