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South Dakota 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.


Several publicly-funded learning institutions lobby for specific legislative ends:

School of Mines

The lobbyist for the School of Mines secured $380,000 in federal transportation dollars fall 2008 to improve access to the school and for a business incubator on campus. [1]

South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University has paid the the Bockorny Group $160,000 since first hiring the consulting and lobbying firm. Bockorny helped win federal authorization for the Sun Grant Initiative from which SDSU is scheduled to receive $3.8 million for researching bioenergy alternatives. [1]

The University of South Dakota

The University of South Dakota employs the services of Van Scoyoc Associates since November 2007, and has paid the firm $120,000 since that time. [1]

Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations

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

City and municipal


Emergency services





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