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The 2007 "Real March Madness" National Lobbying Rankings

The 2007 "Real March Madness" National Lobbying Rankings

March 15, 2007

Lobbying by academic institutions has skyrocketed in recent years, as colleges and universities have discovered that spending a few hundred thousand dollars on a powerful Washington lobbyist can yield millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded pork-barrel earmarks to study the cultivation of shiitake mushrooms, horseshoe crabs, and “dentistry outreach.” 

USA Today reported recently that “higher-education institutions spent at least $75 million in 2005 on lobbying to win grants and influence policy.” And the schools represented in the 2007 NCAA Tournament are certainly no strangers to lobbying Congress, having spent more than $85.7 million doing so since 1998.

Attached are the 65 NCAA Tournament schools ranked not by their RPI ratings or their regional seedings, but by how much money they and their associated school systems have spent lobbying Congress between 1998 and 2006, as reported in lobbying disclosure forms. AFP compiled the rankings using data reported by the Center for Responsive Politics at www.OpenSecrets.org.  

Ranking

Name of School (System)
Note: Total is for system if listed.

Amount Spent Lobbying
Congress Between
1998 and 2006

AFP’s Letter to Public University Head

AFP’s Local News Release for Each Public University

1

University at Albany
(SUNY System)

$9,924,992

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2

Long Beach State University
(Cal. State U. System)

$6,787,000

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3

University of California, Los Angeles
(UC System)

$4,968,599

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4a

University of Nevada, Reno
( U. of Nevada)

$3,430,000

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4b

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
( U. of Nevada)

$3,430,000

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6

Purdue University

$2,947,000

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7

Texas Tech University

$2,820,000

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8

University of Pennsylvania

$2,600,000

Private

Private

9

Stanford University

$2,590,000

Private

Private

10

University of Southern California

$2,410,000

Private

Private

11

George Washington

$2,354,600

Private

Private

12

University of Pittsburgh

$2,240,000

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13

University of Arizona

$2,237,000

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14

Vanderbilt University

$2,080,000

Private

Private

15

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
( U. of North Carolina)

$2,030,000

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16

University of Arkansas

$1,892,000

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17

Michigan State University

$1,815,000

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18a

Texas A&M, College Station
( Texas A&M)

$1,712,000

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18b

Texas A&M, Corpus Christi
( Texas A&M)

$1,712,000

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20

The University of Texas, Austin
( U. of Texas)

$1,655,000

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21

Georgetown University

$1,600,000

Private

Private

22

University of Tennessee

$1,535,000

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23

University of Wisconsin

$1,470,000

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24

University of Notre Dame

$1,440,000

Private

Private

25

Georgia Institute of Technology

$1,420,000

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26

University of Florida

$1,420,000

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27

University of Maryland

$1,404,250

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28

Ohio State University

$1,366,000

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29

Washington State University

$1,350,000

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30

New Mexico State University

$1,110,000

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31

Virginia Tech

$1,080,000

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32

Marquette University

$1,070,000

Private

Private

33

University of Louisville

$1,040,000

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34

Miami University-Oxford

$1,020,000

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35

Creighton University

$1,000,000

Private

Private

36

Southern Illinois University

$975,000

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37

University of Kentucky

$940,000

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38

University of Illinois

$775,884

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39

Indiana University

$740,000

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40

Boston College

$720,000

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Private

41

University of Virginia

$670,000

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42

Jackson State University

$640,000

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43

Central Connecticut State
(Conn. State U. System)

$580,500

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44

University of North Texas

$580,000

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45

Niagara University

$560,000

Private

Private

46

University of Oregon

$503,000

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47

Virginia Commonwealth University

$420,000

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48

Old Dominion University

$390,000

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49

The University of Memphis

$360,000

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50

Xavier University

$320,000

Private

Private

51

Gonzaga University

$240,000

Private

Private

52

Brigham Young University

$230,000

Private

Private

53

University of Kansas

$180,000

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54

Duke University

$60,000

Private

Private

55

Florida A&M University

$20,000

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56

Weber State University

$20,000

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57

Belmont University

$0

Private

Private

58

Butler University

$0

Private

Private

59

Davidson College

$0

Private

Private

60

Eastern Kentucky University

$0

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61

College of the Holy Cross

$0

Private

Private

62

Oral Roberts University

$0

Private

Private

63

Villanova University

$0

Private

Private

64

Winthrop University

$0

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65

Wright State University

$0

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