State Interests Increase Lobbying Presence in Washington

APRIL 19, 2004 - Posted at 7:59 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - More and more Arkansas companies and other interests are using the services of lobbyists to help ensure federal funds keep flowing from Washington, D.C.

Bentonville-based Wal-Mart has increased its lobbying presence in the nation's capital, as have smaller businesses and universities.

The University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University each work to get their share of funds from the federal government.  ASU President Les Wyatt says the state does not fund university research, so the Jonesboro campus has to aggressively seek federal money to make sure the university is put to its best use.

Former Senator Dale Bumpers, who now is a consultant in Washington, says his efforts for Arkansas clients help bring federal dollars to the state.

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