States for Sale

The Center for Public Integrity has released a new study of political lobbying at the state level which reveals that lobbyists spent at least $570 million impacting legislation in states across the country in 2000. The study's release coincides with the publication of the Center's latest book, Capitol Offenders: How Private Interests Govern Our States. CPI has also launched a new online database with state-by-state information on registered lobbyists, special interests, and outside interests of state legislators, showing how "personal financial concerns of lawmakers and special interest lobbying mute the voices of average Americans."