The newly released 2014 Minnesota lobbyist report records that more than $70million dollars was spent to influence legislators; that’s more than $318,000 for each legislator. Six million was spent to influence the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), a citizen’s board; that’s $1million on each of its six members.
The largest amount of lobbying was spent on big-business interests and the return on this investment paid off. Big-business gains at the Capitol continue to soar. A negligible amount was spent representing Minnesota’s largest employer, small business. While we have made a difference and the small-business voice is welcomed at the Capitol, it takes your membership and, if you are able, your volunteer hours.
Please join or renew your membership today. When we show up, we make a difference.