After making donations of just a few thousand or hundreds of dollars to help send local politicians off on the annual One Voice lobbying trip to Washington, D.C., area companies reaped millions by securing local government contracts.
The San Joaquin Council of Governments, the organization that coordinates One Voice, received $17,500 in donations for the annual lobbying trip, which took place last month. Of the 14 companies that contributed, the majority - eight companies - were developers or construction consulting firms.
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