| | Advanced Search

 

Paul Giorgio: Mr. Baker, MA Doesn’t Want a Liar for Governor—MA voters deserve a governor that will tell…

Central MA College Standout: Clark University’s Timothy Conley—Political Science major and track star

Organize + Energize: 4 Ways Getting Organized Will Save You Money—Stop wasting time and money

Patriots’ Day Patriots Primer—In Foxboro, the New England Patriots will begin…

Monfredo: Former Worcester Public School Member Publishes Book—A professional manual for students and professionals

QCC 50th, Celebrating Students: Ato Howard—A Biomedical Engineering student on the rise

MA Beauty Insider: Pedi Nation – Get the Best Pedicure Ever—A guide to finding a pristine pedi place

Fit for Life: Fail to Plan? Plan to Fail—Plan and prioritize, and you will prevail

7 Family Fun Activities for April Vacation—Keep you and the kids sane and entertained

Tom Finneran: Running on Envy—America's doctors run the gauntlet of envy

 
 

slides: Central Mass Organizations Spent Over $800,000 Lobbying Washington

Friday, December 14, 2012

 

Corporations, industry groups, non-profits, colleges and universities in Central Mass have spent $825,000 lobbying in Washington over the last two years, a GoLocalWorcester review of lobbyist disclosure filings revealed.

The money spent on lobbying from Central Mass represents just a tiny fraction of statewide lobbying expenditures since January 1, 2011. Last year, Bay State organizations spent $74,683,328 on lobbyists to have their interests represented in Washington. Through the third quarter of 2012, the total was $45,316,815.

Locally, the region's colleges and universities accounted for more than a third of lobbying expenditures, a state of affairs that is not uncommon according to Pam Wilmot, executive director of Common Cause Massachusetts.

"Many policies that affect schools are decided at the federal level," she said. "If institutions of higher learning had no representation they wouldn't stand a chance of having their voice heard."

Promoting Interests vs. Peddling Influence

For Common Cause, the issue is not that lobbying occurs, but rather, how such lobbying is conducted.

"Is it about presenting your case and making sure your constiuency's voice is heard? Or is it about raising money for public officials and throwing lavish parties?" said Wilmot.

"There's nothing wrong with promoting your cause and paying somebody to be articulate about it. The problem is influence peddling."

Finding a Voice in Washington

At Becker College, where about 51 percent of students are currently enrolled in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) major, seeking out federal funding focused on STEM disciplines can be integral to developing new programs when state-level funding is harder to come by.

"We have regular conversations with government leaders, both state and federal, about what we're up to and where governemnt interests lie and trying to find some intersections," said Dean Hickey, vice president of advancement at Becker.

"It's really kind of a give-and-take conversation more than it is lobbying in the traditional sense."

With $180,000 over the past two years, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) expended the most money in Washington of the area's schools, in order to advocate for research and development iniatives and funding in technology and other areas.

“As a research university, WPI works with our government relations counsel to build relationships with federal agencies – and with corporations - to build matches between our nation’s research needs and opportunities and the expertise on our campus," said Assistant Vice President of Government & Community Relations Linda Carre Looft.

"They are important partners who build awareness for WPI and the good work being done here, and they have been instrumental for attracting federal funds for research in areas such as neuroprosthetics and the advancement of technologies for first-responders. WPI researchers, faculty and students are focused on applying knowledge to helping solve great problems, so aligning our expertise with our nation’s critical research goals is important work that will continue in earnest.”

Based in Worcester, the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) works with companies throughout the Commonwealth to help them grow and innovate to keep pace with the ever-evolving manufacturing industry.

Director of Operations Jack Healy said the organization receives funds through the National Institute of Standards and Technology to support its efforts, and MassMEP's representatives in Washington are there to make sure officials know what they are getting for their federal dollars.

Healy said the organization's mandate is to work with small manufacturing enterprises and that 72 percent of the companies it works with have under 20 employees.

"They don't have a voice," he said.

MassMEP conveys the need for additional skills and technical training in the Bay State's manufacturing industry to the federal bodies who can support the necessary programs and initiatives to develop a trained workforce for employers who are faced with a lack of qualified applicants. 

Prev Next

PointCare Technologies

Amount Spent Since 2011: $10,000

Located in Marlborough, PointCare Technologies develops new methods and technology for cellular analysis.

The company pays D.C.-based Fabiani & Company to represent it in Washington, but did not have any specific issues presented in 2011.

Prev Next

Clark University

Amount Spent Since 2011: $30,000

The liberal arts and research university paid Worcester lobbyist Gerard D'Amico to lobby on the labor appropriations bill and the Department of Transportation appropriations bill in both the House and Senate in 2011.

Prev Next

Becker College

Amount Spent Since 2011: $70,000

Becker is home to the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI) and has lobbied for STEM education initiatives, as well as provisions and issues related to historic preservation, economic development and workforce and nursing through the Normandy Group, LLC.

Prev Next

Bose Corporation

 

Amount Spent Since 2011: $70,000
 
The famous audio equipment manufacturer, based in Framingham, engaged the D.C. firm Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough to represent its interests in Washington on issues related to charitable gifts and those relating to rare earth elements.
Prev Next

Veterans Inc.

 

Amount Spent Since 2011: $70,000
 
Veterans Inc. is a private non-profit organization dedicated to ending homelessness among veterans. The group has also worked with the Normandy Group to lobby on general issues regarding combating homelessness among the veteran population, as well as issues pertaining the the U.S. Department of Labor's Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.
Prev Next

MCPHS

 

Amount Spent Since 2011: $70,000
 
Like Clark, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences paid Worcester lobbyist Gerard D'Amico to represent the school's interests on the labor appropriations bill and the Department of Transportation appropriations bill in both the House and Senate in 2011.
Prev Next

Mass MEP

 

Amount Spent Since 2011: $85,000
 
The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership helps companies throughout the state grow and innovate to keep pace with new developments in the manufacturing industry. The organization paid Trefoil Solutions, Inc. to lobby on FY2012 and FY2013 appropriations issues, as well as homeland security and manufacturing machine parts.
Prev Next

WBDC

 

Amount Spent Since 2011: $90,000
 
The Worcester Business Development Corporation, a non-profit business group dedicated to promoting economic development in the greater Worcester area, has engaged the services of Dutko Worldwide, LLC for the past two years but has not lobbied on any specific legislation or issues.
Prev Next

EMC Corporation

 

Amount Spent Since 2011: $120,000
 
Headquartered in Hopkinton, EMC Corporation provides IT storage hardware and cloud-computing services. The company paid the Franklin Square Group, LLC to lobby on cybersecurity, data breach legislation, cloud issues and data center energy efficiency issues.
Prev Next

WPI

 

Amount Spent Since 2011: $180,000
 
Worcester Polytechnic Institute engaged Cassidy & Associates, Inc. to lobby on research and development initatives, as well as technology development and funding on the federal level.
 
 

Related Articles

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.

Comments:

Iron Mike Farquhar

Jim McGovernment: The very best socialist that money can buy!




Commenting is not available in this channel entry.