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Texas universities cover brackets in tournament of lobbying expenditures
Thursday, Mar 18, 2010, 10:24AM CST
By Jennifer Peebles


And the winner is ... Texas A&M

But I'm afraid we're not talking about the NCAA basketball tournament. We're talking about what university spends the most money to lobby the federal government. And in that contest, Texas A&M tops the nation, spending $900,000 last year to lobby in D.C.

This is the K Street College Classic -- a faux tournament bracket devised by the good folks at the Center for Responsive Politics (the people). (K Street is the unofficial Main Street of the lobbying world in our nation's capital.) All together, the 64 schools in the tournament dropped $12 million on federal lobbying in 2009. 

But Texas A&M's intra-state rivals didn't go home empty-handed from this tournament:

  • The University of Texas made it into the final 64, spending $128,136.
  • Private Baylor made it to the quarterfinals, spending $141,250, and beating out Sam Houston State University, which spent $34,285 and lost in the first round. 
  • North Texas and the University of Houston also made it to the quarterfinals, spending $160,000 and $120,000, respectively. 

Thursday, 03/18/2010 - 11:50AM

Gig 'em!

Jennifer Peebles
Sunday, 03/21/2010 - 10:13AM


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Jennifer Peebles

Thursday, 04/29/2010 - 03:43PM

in 2009, the TAMU Annual Fund received donations of $6,570,385.00 from former students. Did you bother to check to see how much of the $900,000 was actually taxpayer funds and how much was spent through the Alumni association?...

I might add, that the UT alumni fund also receives a sizable sum every year from former students. Do you suppose all the money spent by these two universities is taxpayer money? How about TXDOT, who is prohibited by law from using taxpayer dollars for lobbying, but does so every year, even after being warned not to by the Sunset commission and legislature...duh

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