Maryland 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 to taxpayers' benefit.

County

Annapolis County has as its lobbyist for 2010 a former county councilman.[1]

Schools

Montgomery County Public Schools belongs to government sector lobbying associations (see below), as do Carroll County Public Schools, Howard County Public Schools, and Baltimore County Public Schools.

Disclosure

The Pacific Research Institute analyzes the state's lobbying registration law as requiring much less information to be disclosed from lobbying activity than other states. The Institute also rates Maryland as performing poorly in making that information available.[2]

Minor scandal

In 2009, the Maryland Association of Counties, which is funded in part by taxpayer funds (see below), had a conference to discuss budget issues affecting counties in the state. Afterward, hundreds of pictures of drunk staffers were posted on Facebook. [3]

Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations

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

County

Emergency services

Justice

School

Other

References