Influence: A booming business

By Leah Rush

Record $1.3 billion spent to lobby state government

It's all relative

By Elspeth Reeve

State lobby corps includes legislator spouses, offspring

State lobbying becomes billion-dollar business

By Sarah Laskow

At least a dozen states revise laws in 2006

From lobbyist to legislator

By Nadine Elsibai

Former professional advocates take on role of lawmaker

Statehouse revolvers

By Kevin Bogardus

Study finds more than 1,300 ex-legislators among 2005 state lobbying ranks

States outpace Congress in upgrading lobbying laws

By Leah Rush and David Jimenez

24 states have made disclosure strides since 2003

State lobbyists near the $1 billion mark

By Neil Gordon

Laws in flux for 19 states

Lobbying laws in the states

By Neil Gordon

A round-up of lobbying laws that have recently been enacted or changed

Under pressure

By Robert Morlino

Hot-button issues spur lobby spending as some states weaken disclosure

Methodology

A look behind the Center's reporting for "Hired Guns"

Hired guns - Initial report

By Robert Morlino, Leah Rush and Derek Willis

Lobbyists spend loads of money to influence legislators—and in many states, with too little scrutiny

Sunset in Harrisburg

By Robert Morlino

Lack of lobbyist regulation results in a zero score for Pennsylvania

How the Feds stack up

Not good - Federal lobby disclosure law is substantially weaker than most states'

Study finds $565 million spent on lobbying in the states in 2000

By John Dunbar and Leah Rush

The Center finds nearly half a billion spent in 34 states on lobbying