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Nebraska sees increase in lobbyists, spending on lobbyists

Posted at 12:19 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 13:19:03-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lobbyists in Nebraska raked in more cash than ever last year and more people joined their ranks to try to influence public officials.

A new report by Common Cause Nebraska says lobbyists collected $19.4 million in gross earnings in 2019. The government watchdog group says the total is a record, up from $17.8 million in 2018. The number of paid, registered lobbyists also increased to 405 last year, up from 378 in 2018.

The report also notes the ongoing lobbying by taxpayer-funded government organizations, including local school boards and the University of Nebraska.