Group Examines Transactions of “Austin’s Oldest Profession”

by jim on February 16, 2012

Craig McDonald and Texans for Public Justice do a great and basic civic service every year by collecting all the information about which Austin lobbyists got paid by whom to do what. They put out an annual report that analyzes The Lobby by industry, and lobbying firms, as well as by individual clients and lobbyists. It’s without a doubt the most comprehensive look at the financial machinations driving legislation in Austin. On Wednesday, the 2011 edition came out. Not many surprises – the energy and natural resources industry group was the biggest spender on hired help. But it’s always a good reminder to pursue through the list of high dollar lobbyists and see how many used their “public service” as a stepping stone to private wealth.

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