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    DeKalb County was DC lobbyist’s highest-paying client

     

    DeKalb County was already lobbyist Patricia Daley’s best client when county commissioners voted last week to raise her pay.

    Daley’s firm charged $80,000 a year for her services when she started working Capitol Hill for DeKalb in 2001, federal records show. Her annual fee climbed to $120,000 in mid-2006, more than any of her other clients.

    DeKalb County commissioners offered her $150,000 a year when they voted 5-2 to extend her contract again, Ty Tagami reports in today’s AJC. But Burrell Ellis (right), the county’s newly elected CEO, won’t sign off on a new contract and wants to rebid the service using competitive bidding procedures.

    Local governments in metro Atlanta spent $1.4 million in 2008 on lobbyists in Washington, according to the online database of the Secretary of the U.S. Senate:

    $180,000 Hartsfield Jackson International Airport
    $160,000 Paulding County
    $129,000 City of Conyers
    $120,000 Cobb County
    $120,000 DeKalb County
    $120,000 Gwinnett County
    $120,000 Henry County
    $120,000 City of East Point
    $110,000 City of College Park
    $90,000 Paulding County Industrial Building Authority
    $60,000 Atlanta Beltline Inc. (partial year)
    $50,000 Fulton County (partial year)
    $40,000 MARTA

    Here’s what a fewer institutions of higher learning spent:

    $527,000 University of Georgia
    $306,697 Georgia Tech
    $90,000 Georgia State University Research Foundation

     

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