CARSON CITY – A dozen Nevada government entities spent more than $1.7 million taxpayer dollars last year to hire lobbyists in Washington, DC and have racked up nearly $400,000 in expenses in the first quarter of this year, according to data gathered by the national group Center for Responsive Politics.
The state of Nevada has spent $110,000 so far this year, placing the state 7th among all 900 government entities included in the report, which is found on the group’s website opensecrets.org. Nevada ranks 2nd among states for spending on lobbyists in Washington, DC.
Nevada spent $435,000 last year and ranked No. 2 among the states for such spending behind Pennsylvania. Funding for Nevada’s lobbying effort comes from the general fund, room taxes and other sources.
Nevada’s lobbying effort includes its Washington Office with $280,000 in spending, and $155,000 by the state Department of Transportation, according to the group’s website.
While the state leads in spending, many other Nevada government entities also pay for Washington, DC lobbyists, including Nye County, which spent $200,000 in 2009 and $50,000 so far this year. Nye County has only 46,000 residents.