Everything listed under: lobbying

  • FFM Bulletin 4/20/12

    FFM hosts capacity crowd for John Stossel, Tax Freedom Day on April 22, As the Turbine Turns, local government lobbying for federal funds, and a quote of the week from Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI).

  • Freedom Foundation Analysis: Local governments spend millions to lobby federal officials

    A Freedom Foundation of Minnesota analysis of Lobbying Disclosure Act filings finds that Minnesota’s local governments spent more than $1.1 million to lobby the federal government in 2011, and at least $3.7 million since the start of 2009. The biggest spenders in 2011 were the City of Minneapolis ($180,000), Hennepin County ($140,000), and Anoka County ($116,000). 

  • Minnesota Congressional Delegation Doubles Down on Earmark Extravaganza with 101 Projects

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN--This lame duck session will be the last for outgoing 18-term Congressman Jim Oberstar (D-MN). But old habits die hard, including requesting tens of millions of dollars in earmarks in the omnibus appropriations bill before Congress. 

  • FFM Bulletin 8/27/10

    Featuring: investigative piece on the Duluth School of Fine Arts, cities beginning to turn to privatization, John Fund event announcement, and more.

  • Federal Lobbying by Minnesota's Local Governments Flies Under the Radar

    A Freedom Foundation of Minnesota analysis of Lobbying Disclosure Act filings finds that Minnesota’s local governments and their associations spent at least $5.217 million lobbying the federal government from 2006 through the first half of 2010.   Annual lobbying expenditures have risen each year and are on pace to set a new record in 2010, with at least $729,000 spent the first half of the year.  However, much of this lobbying flies under the radar, as cities are not required to report federal lobbying expenditures.

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