During the first quarter of the year, 153 organizations lobbied on issues referencing NCLB or the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, research by the Center for Responsive Politics shows. Because lobbying reports do not require an itemized accounting of how much money is spent on any particular issue, a precise dollar amount for money spent on lobbying regarding NCLB and ESEA re-authorization is not available. But, during the first quarter, all groups within the education industry spent $22.6 million on lobbying on all of their issues, according to the Center’s research.Of these 153 groups, by the Center’s count, at least 47 percent — 72 organizations — tout education issues as their primary focus.And a wide-range of other industries is also represented by these lobbyists, including women’s rights, health and welfare policy and gay and lesbian rights. Even the American Chemical Society has lobbied on the No Child Left Behind re-authorization.
I’m sure the USCOC and the Business Roundtable are not doing so to bolster the performance of public schools, but do so to promote it’s corporate partners who compete for government education contracts. The USCOC spent 1000% more on total lobbying than did the NEA $17 million to $1.7 million. So much for powerful union money.