City investigators probing the City Council slush fund scandal are examining the relationship between lobbyists, council members, and nonprofit organizations seeking public funding from the city, a source said.
Role of lobbyists examined in slush fund scandal
Bringing lobbyists into the picture would be a logical extension of the city's Department of Investigation probe of the council's finances and distribution of public funds, which has led to the indictment of two council aides for allegedly embezzling $145,000 from a city-funded organization. The U.S. attorney's office also is investigating the City Council.
Many organizations seeking funding from the city hire lobbyists to represent them at City Hall and help compete for public dollars.
Some city lobbyists also work as political consultants to council members, a dual role that has drawn criticism from some government observers who say the practice could lead to abuse or expose lobbyists to unnecessary conflicts of interest. The practice is legal.
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