Alex Degman

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (IRN) — A political watchdog group wants to know how much money is spent lobbying lawmakers in every state, but it’s hitting roadblocks in Illinois.

Edwin Bender, executive director of the National Institute for Money in State Politics, says his organization is studying lobbying efforts in all 50 states. “It does need to be a lot more transparent, especially in this day and age,” he says. “The internet is making so much information available and it’s possible to make massive amounts of information available very easily, and very cheaply.”

The institute found that lobbying expenditure reports aren’t as accessible as they should be. Bender says the public should be able to easily access such reports, because many times, lobbying significantly influences legislation.

“The people that are elected and go into the halls of the legislatures are making decisions that will affect the everyday lives of every person in the state, whether they voted or not,” he said.

Copyright Illinois Radio Network


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