Lobbying is one of the most common activities in government. Hundreds of corporations, organizations, and governmental entities hire lobbyists to persuade legislators on issues as wide-ranging as agriculture to healthcare. So far this election cycle, more than $640 million has been committed to lobbying in Texas — that’s twice as much as has been donated to campaigns and PACs.
Among those sending lobbyists to Austin are many organizations funded by taxpayers. Under the definition of tax-funded lobbying used to sort lobbying data on Transparency USA, entities that receive all or almost all of their funding from taxing authorities are considered to be taxpayer-funded. Think school districts, city councils, and those who contract exclusively or almost exclusively with the government.
For a more detailed explanation of how we classify lobbying, as well as the arguments for and against the practice of taxpayer-funded lobbying, click here. Whether you support or oppose the practice, it’s important to have the facts and to hold the government accountable.
Here is a breakdown of the top 12 taxpayer-funded entities hiring lobbyists in Texas and the maximum amount they have committed to spend on lobbying this election cycle. As a reminder, lobbyists are allowed to report their income in ranges, rather than a specific dollar amount. To see the high and low end of the range, along with detailed transaction information, visit any of the taxpayer-funded lobbying clients’ pages at the links below.
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