Oregon interest groups spent $33 million lobbying on state legislation last year!!

The top 25 lobbying list includes several other government-related groups – including the office of Gov. John Kitzhaber, which reported spending nearly $320,000 last year working with legislators. The Special Districts Association of Oregon and the City of Portland were also high on the list. The second largest lobbying entity on the list is Oregon Health & Science University, which reported spending $428,000 last year. The school and associated hospital won its independence from the state university system in 1995 and now operates as a public corporation overseen by a board appointed by the governor. The reports don’t cover all of the money involved in influencing legislators, such as campaign contributions and outreach efforts aimed at whipping up constituents to contact their lawmakers. Different groups also reach different conclusions about how they allocate their salary costs to lobbying legislators.


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