Lobbying by universities and colleges
Recent Trends in Lobbying for America's Colleges and Universities
A study conducted through 2006, showed an enormous increase in spending of the education lobbying industry over only the past few years.
- Those with a direct interest in higher education have spent more than ninety-million dollars on lobbying members of Congress and top executive branch officials.
- 336 private, non-profit colleges increased their spending to $34.7 million, (nearly $10 million more than the prior year.) Johns Hopkins University was the top spender, with $1,020,000 - followed by Boston University, spending $920,000 in 2006.
- 265 public, 4-year colleges and universities increased their spending to a staggering $35.7 million, an increase of more than $4 million. Two of the biggest state universities in the country spent the most, with California schools edging out the State University of New York (S.U.N.Y.) systems.
- 80 community colleges spent a little over $4 million.
- Other "big-spenders" include; for-profit institutions (led by the Apollo Group with $615,000,) higher education associations (led by the American Council on Education with $640,000,) and student loan entities (like Sallie Mae, spending an astounding $1.46 million.)
Higher education is a big business, and those with stake in it have spent $94.6 million to preserve their interests.
Articles and Resources
- Online databases from a project of the Center for Responsive Politics:
- Doug Lederman, "Anti-Lobbying Fever? Not in Higher Ed," Inside Higher Ed, December 21, 2006.
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