Lobbying Expenses By Public Universities Nearly $1 Million

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Missouri’s public universities have spent almost a million dollars since 2011 on contracts with professional lobbyists to represent their interests in Jefferson City — while plying state legislators with tens of thousands of dollars more in free meals, sports outings, concert tickets and other perks.

On paper, it doesn’t look different than typical lobbying efforts by private companies and industries, which pump hundreds of thousands of dollars a year into attempts to influence state legislators on budget and policy issues. But some question why the universities — which are state entities, funded in part through the state budget — should need hired guns and political perks to get legislators to do what they should be doing anyway: taking care of the state’s core institutions of higher learning.

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