Money spent on lobbying on the rise

Dollars spent on influence peddling is up 94% since 2010.

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Spending by lobbyists is up 94% since 2010.

Quarterly data from the Oregon Government Ethics Commission shows $20.8 million has been spent on lobbying activities so far in 2015. Half way through 2014, $13.7 million had been spent, but $26.8 million was spent by the end of 2014.

Lobbyists and the organizations they represent are required to register with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. The commission collects the total amount spent by lobbyists and their clients, although the state “does not require any detail as to what that total contains” according to Government Ethics Commission program manager Virginia Lutz.

(SOURCE: Statesman Journal)

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