Omaha Public Schools Make Up Bulk of Lobbyist Pay



The Lincoln Public School District doesn't come close to spending the amount of money on lobbyists as Omaha area schools.  An Associated Press analysis of lobbying reports finds that school districts in total paid more than $477,000 last year to lobbyists, plus membership fees for statewide education groups. Nearly $367,000 of that total was spent in Douglas and Sarpy County and the Omaha area's Learning Community--that's more than three-quarters of the total. Lincoln spent just over $45,000 on lobbyists. Schools have continued to retain lobbyists despite a 2011 change in Nebraska's school-funding formula that prevents them from using state aid to cover the cost.