Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Utilities typically spends $250K on federal lobbying

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

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Embedded in this Denver Post story about how much Colorado entities are spending on federal lobbying efforts is a fun fact: Colorado Springs Utilities spent more money lobbying Congress than the city of Denver, almost twice what Aurora spent, and roughly four times more than the city of Pueblo.

The city of Denver spends $175,000 to $200,000 a year on federal lobbying in Washington. Aurora isn't far behind, spending between $100,000 and $150,000 a year on the effort. Colorado Springs Utilities, serving 200,000 households a year, spends about $250,000 a year on federal lobbying. ...

Andrew Colosimo monitors wilderness bills, energy legislation and climate change proposals to gauge whether anything affects Colorado Springs Utilities' competitiveness.

Mostly, Colosimo, a government affairs manager, works to block legislation.

"It's important they (members of Congress) understand how these bills impact us," he said. "We care about wilderness, but we need to be able to manage our water collection and infrastructure."

The Post notes that the number of dollars that Springs Utilities spent in 2011, as of Dec. 11, actually was $186,000 — well short of the approximately $250,000 in previous years.

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