Last week, 60 leaders from San Joaquin County were in Washington, D.C. to lobby the federal government for money for local projects. Aside from the elected and government officials, the group also included private sponsors who had paid big bucks to underwrite the One Voice trip.
While sponsorship helps alleviate the burden on taxpayers, ethics experts argue that allowing private sponsors to fund and participate in government lobbying trips gives the impression of unfair access to elected officials.
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