Report: Lobbying rises in state capitols, declines in D.C.
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A new report shows the number of interest groups lobbying at state capitols has been on the rise.
The Center for Public Integrity said there has been an 11 percent increase in the number of entities registered to lobby in the states over a recent five-year period.
During that same time, it said the number of entities registered to lobby the federal government has fallen by nearly one-fourth.
Political scientists say the shift comes as Congress has been frequently at loggerheads and states have been acting on key policy initiatives.
The report found 101 businesses, associations or interest groups that had lobbyists in two-thirds of the states between 2010 and 2014. That includes 21 that had a lobbyist in every state at some point during that time.