March 1, 2011

Nevada lobbying by the numbers

Last week, the Reno Gazette-Journal ran an interesting story about Nevada lobbyists in the 2011 legislature. Some numbers from the story:
  • 600 lobbyists, both paid and unpaid, have registered with the state during the first month of session
  • Lorne Malkiewich, director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB), expects over 900 lobbyists by the end of session
  • The current lobbyist-to-legislator ratio is 10 to 1, but is expected to be 14 to 1 by end of session
  • To help the state's general fund, the LCB raised the fee for paid lobbyists from $120 to $300.
  • As of the end of February, the LCB took in $140,000 in lobbying fees and transfered $100,000 to the general fund
Check out the RGJ's excellent job breaking down the lobbying efforts and showing how citizens are playing shorthanded against the special interest groups.