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{{TOCnestright (Sunshine Review)}}'''Taxpayer-funded lobbying''' is government to government [[lobbying]].  [[Wisconsin counties (Sunshine Review)|Counties]], [[Wisconsin cities (Sunshine Review)|cities]], [[Wisconsin school districts|school districts]], public facilities, and associations of public employees frequently use public funds to influence legislation and appropriations at the state and federal levels.   
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{{tnr}}'''Taxpayer-funded lobbying''' is government to government [[lobbying]].  [[Wisconsin counties (Sunshine Review)|Counties]], [[Wisconsin cities (Sunshine Review)|cities]], [[Wisconsin school districts|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.
 
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.
  
 
==2005-2006 Legislative Session==
 
==2005-2006 Legislative Session==
For the 2005-2006 session government sector lobbying was estimated to be at least $4 million:<ref name=lob>[http://www.channel3000.com/politics/11077047/detail.html ''WISC TV'', "Reality Check: Taxpayers Pay For Lobbying", February 21, 2007]</ref>
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For the 2005-2006 session government sector lobbying was estimated to be at least $4 million:<ref name=lob>[http://www.channel3000.com/politics/11077047/detail.html ''WISC TV'', "Reality Check: Taxpayers Pay For Lobbying," February 21, 2007]</ref>
  
* [[Madison, Wisconsin|Madison]]: Spent roughly $30,000 lobbying the Legislature arguing against concealed carry legislation, against the marriage amendment and in favor of embryonic stem cell research, among other things. <ref name=lob> </ref>
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* [[Madison, Wisconsin|Madison]]: Spent roughly $30,000 lobbying the Legislature arguing against concealed carry legislation, against the marriage amendment and in favor of embryonic stem cell research, among other things.<ref name=lob> </ref>
* [[Dane County, Wisconsin|Dane County]]: Spent nearly $175,000 the session for issues such as more state money for county nursing home patients and arguing against the taxpayer bill of rights. <ref name=lob> </ref>
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* [[Dane County, Wisconsin|Dane County]]: Spent nearly $175,000 the session for issues such as more state money for county nursing home patients and arguing against the taxpayer bill of rights.<ref name=lob> </ref>
* [[Rock County, Wisconsin|Rock County]]: Spent about $6,400. <ref name=lob> </ref>
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* [[Rock County, Wisconsin|Rock County]]: Spent about $6,400.<ref name=lob> </ref>
* [[Madison Metropolitan School District, Wisconsin|Madison Metropolitan School District]]: Spent $133,000 on lobbying trying to get more tax money into the classrooms, fighting against revenue limits and against limits to local control. <ref name=lob> </ref>
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* [[Madison Metropolitan School District, Wisconsin|Madison Metropolitan School District]]: Spent $133,000 on lobbying trying to get more tax money into the classrooms, fighting against revenue limits and against limits to local control.<ref name=lob> </ref>
  
 
==Conservation agencies==
 
==Conservation agencies==
 
:''Main article: [[Wisconsin agencies lobbying]]''
 
:''Main article: [[Wisconsin agencies lobbying]]''
The [[Wisconsin Conservation Congress]] is comprised of elected delegates who work with the [[Wisconsin Natural Resources Board|Natural Resources Board]] and the [[Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources|Department of Natural Resources]] to set Wisconsin's conservation policies.<ref name=lake>[http://www.lakelandtimes.com/main.asp?SectionID=9&SubSectionID=9&ArticleID=10730 ''The Lakeland Times'', "NRB member challenges Conservation Congress", Decmber 31, 2009]</ref> The Department of Natural Resources funds the Congress, allocating about $90,000 a year to it.  
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The [[Wisconsin Conservation Congress]] is comprised of elected delegates who work with the [[Wisconsin Natural Resources Board|Natural Resources Board]] and the [[Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources|Department of Natural Resources]] to set Wisconsin's conservation policies.<ref name=lake>[http://www.lakelandtimes.com/main.asp?SectionID=9&SubSectionID=9&ArticleID=10730 ''The Lakeland Times'', "NRB member challenges Conservation Congress," Decmber 31, 2009]</ref> The Department of Natural Resources funds the Congress, allocating about $90,000 a year to it.  
  
 
Recently, a member of the Natural Resources Board has expressed concern over whether the Wisconsin Conservation Congress should be allowed to use state money to lobby the Legislature and take positions on issues of public policy. He noted that WCC's role is not to issue press releases or advocate before the legislature when the Natural Resources Board has not defined policy.<ref name=lake/>
 
Recently, a member of the Natural Resources Board has expressed concern over whether the Wisconsin Conservation Congress should be allowed to use state money to lobby the Legislature and take positions on issues of public policy. He noted that WCC's role is not to issue press releases or advocate before the legislature when the Natural Resources Board has not defined policy.<ref name=lake/>
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==Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations==
 
==Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations==
The following is a list of [[Wisconsin (Sunshine Review)]] [[government sector lobbying associations]] by type:  
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The following is a list of [[Wisconsin]] [[government sector lobbying associations]] by type:  
  
 
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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.

2005-2006 Legislative Session

For the 2005-2006 session government sector lobbying was estimated to be at least $4 million:[1]

  • Madison: Spent roughly $30,000 lobbying the Legislature arguing against concealed carry legislation, against the marriage amendment and in favor of embryonic stem cell research, among other things.[1]
  • Dane County: Spent nearly $175,000 the session for issues such as more state money for county nursing home patients and arguing against the taxpayer bill of rights.[1]
  • Rock County: Spent about $6,400.[1]
  • Madison Metropolitan School District: Spent $133,000 on lobbying trying to get more tax money into the classrooms, fighting against revenue limits and against limits to local control.[1]

Conservation agencies

Main article: Wisconsin agencies lobbying

The Wisconsin Conservation Congress is comprised of elected delegates who work with the Natural Resources Board and the Department of Natural Resources to set Wisconsin's conservation policies.[2] The Department of Natural Resources funds the Congress, allocating about $90,000 a year to it.

Recently, a member of the Natural Resources Board has expressed concern over whether the Wisconsin Conservation Congress should be allowed to use state money to lobby the Legislature and take positions on issues of public policy. He noted that WCC's role is not to issue press releases or advocate before the legislature when the Natural Resources Board has not defined policy.[2]

The Congress is not required to register because it does not employ anybody for compensation to advocate on its behalf; those who do are volunteers.[2] This, among other reasons, adds to the difficulty in tracking government sector lobbying. It does, however, send out press releases stating its stances on issues and joins other groups in supporting or denouncing certain policies.

Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations

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

Cities and municipalities

County

Emergency services

Public officials

School

Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations

Other

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 WISC TV, "Reality Check: Taxpayers Pay For Lobbying," February 21, 2007
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Lakeland Times, "NRB member challenges Conservation Congress," Decmber 31, 2009

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