West 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.
230 municipalities belong to the West Virginia Municipal League. The League lobbies the state legislature on behalf of these municipalities and keeps member municipalities updated on the status of relevant legislation.
Lobbying in-state and federal lobbying
Some local governments hire both lobbyists for in-state lobbying and for federal lobbying. One city, Greensboro, decided in 2010 to top its contract with its in-state lobbyist and instead focus on federal lobbying.
One criticism of government sector lobbying is that it is unecessary, as state representatives exist to promote the interests of their respective local governments and constituents. Senator Robert C. Byrd once famously killed a multimillion-dollar federal building project for his home-state West Virginia University because the public school had hired a lobbyist to help in acquiring the project. "Byrd's message: As senator, it's his job to win federal dollars for West Virginia."
Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations
- County Clerks Association of West Virginia
- West Virginia Association of Counties
- West Virginia County Commissioner's Association
- County Commissioners' Association of West Virginia
- School Administrators Association of West Virginia
- School Nurses of West Virginia
- School Service Personnel Association West Virginia
- West Virginia School Boards Association
- Assessors Association of West Virginia
- Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus
- Conservation Officers Association of West Virginia
- Library Association of West Virginia