WEAC leads in lobbying spending
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The statewide teachers union led in spending on lobbying state lawmakers even before this year’s fight over collective bargaining rights.
The Wisconsin Education Association Council spent $2.5 million on lobbying in 2009 and 2010, years when Democrats were in control of all of state government. The spending was reported Thursday by the Government Accountability Board.
WEAC is always one of the top spending lobbyists in the Capitol. Much of their lobbying in 2009 was in support of removing caps on raises for teachers during contract negotiations.
But this year Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans passed a bill taking away teachers’ collective bargaining rights, except over wages that are no greater than inflation.
The Forest County Potawatomi spent the second most on lobbying at $2 million.