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Rolled a lot of people are still experienced Smart experiencing March Madness -- vital for face off is this weekend and -- matchups are intriguing to force schools involved.
Have a lot riding on the games which you may be surprised that besides your investment -- a court.
Most NCAA colleges have been quite busy investing in Washington.
To improve their own bottom line here with a power ranking of the lobbying power of the final four -- -- rich.
His communications director of the Center for Responsive Politics and -- a friend of scoreboard courtesy of actually.
I did let's let's start would never -- which is a school that I just took my daughter to go visit because she may be go -- Villanova.
You know that didn't spend anything on lobbying they aren't in the final four -- the sleeper.
They did get a one point two million dollar earmark.
Before a pedestrian bridge so there there definitely -- good return on their investment you know I know exactly where that -- is having just been there but they didn't lobby at all for that.
They might have had a pro Bono lobbyist one of the more powerful lobbyists in Washington -- Gerry Cassidy is an alumnus of Villanova and apparently does.
Some lobbying brought -- for the OK so it's not just fund raising that this these alumni do sometimes they had put in a good word -- Washington.
Number for the University of Connecticut you god.
Right about quarter of a million dollars on lobbying last year which translated into about six million dollars in earmarks for scientific research.
Among other topics the research was on oysters.
A voice of her hands and air quality as we need to learn more about them.
Well I loved oysters but I don't know I thought that would be the job for the people of farm the oysters no.
There's some project that is worth a couple 100000 dollars to look at our paths well I still love voices number three Michigan State that the visit -- state 370000.
Last year and in lobbying which translated to about 3.4 million dollars in earmarks in the share of about four million dollars more earmarks.
Wide range of research here hybrid cars.
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-- -- and who would have thought.
I mean that's a bit of information that we all need to know but the -- -- didn't do it very dangerous thing that there's a ten to one ratio that is did you put in 300000 you get out three million is that.
Kind of normal it's a -- I'd love to get that in the stock market when you are absolutely how things work in Washington you put a small amount of money and on lobbying or campaign contributions.
And you tend to be able to read.
-- potentially millions or in the case of the TARP recipients we've been going out billions.
In return all right University of North Carolina.
Tar Heels 450000.
Dollars that makes them the top spender -- of the last the final four in the tournament.
They got a million and a half for their themselves and a portion of about four million dollars in earmarks.
For other things.
Regional climate data research center was one of earmarks that they got.
So big big money going down into the North Carolina which may favor them and in that -- -- we're going at the K street college classic.
He's accurate -- away again another ten to one that.
Raise your tenfold increase she spends 400000 -- four million return if it didn't -- -- -- finding a rule of thumb yeah looks like that and but the number one the winner of this power ID.
Is SUNY Binghamton.
Yeah they were knocked out in the first round of the NCAA -- -- so we're not gonna see them winning the tournament but they did in the state system of New York spent one point eight.
Million dollars on lobbying last year only about 101000 that was just for SUNY Binghamton.
But they got a lot of earmarks -- again more scientific research and other projects colleges spent 75 million dollars on lobbying last year.
-- and it's for scientific research financial aid.
Patent reform you name it they're very active in Washington.
Unbelievable well and they teach you all kinds of things -- colleges including how to lobby in Washington -- rich thank you very much -- appreciate you being here again.
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