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July 21, 2013

Local gov. defends lobbyist spending

Statewide, $7.8M spent on lobbying in 2012


For example, Morris said a lobbyist kept them informed about discussions on teacher evaluation, which led the cooperative to a “best-practice, research-driven” consultant to inform their members on the topic.

Because most local governments pay dues to larger organizations — all 87 counties in the state belong to the Association of Minnesota Counties, for example — just about everyone pays to lobby.

That goes as far down as townships, many of which belong to the Minnesota Association of Townships. Nicollet County’s Courtland Township, for example, paid $479 to the group last year, but only 7 percent (or $34) went to lobbying.

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