Lobbyists spent $67 million in Minnesota last year, Dayton says it ‘skews legislation’
Lobbying interests spent nearly $67 million last year trying to sway Minnesota officials, according to reports released Thursday.
Lobbyists have been on the rise over the past decade, according to state reports. State and local hearings are rife with those seeking to make their clients’ voices heard.
“I know that all you have to do is walk down the corridors here, you’ll see a lot of people here that are not volunteering,” Democratic-Farmer-Labor Gov. Mark Dayton said from his Capitol reception room. “It’s a question of balance. Do people have the right to representation? Yes. But if the only people who are represented here are the people who have the money to pay somebody to do it for them, then that becomes a problem and it skews legislation.”
According to data from the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board on March 16, the groups that spent the most on lobbying were business interests.
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce spent nearly $2.8 million and the Minnesota Business Partnership spent $1.3 million. Both represent employers across the state.