A Texas border city is spending tens of thousands of dollars annually to lobby the White House and Washington officials on immigration and border security.
The city of Laredo paid Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, a prominent Washington firm, $50,000 during the third quarter of 2021 to lobby the Biden White House, agencies, and Congress for funding to address the fallout from the border crisis, according to a recent disclosure .
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The filing details efforts to secure funding for transportation and housing, border and homeland security, immigration support, and health programs in next year’s appropriations legislation. The city is on track to match the $200,000 that it spent with the firm in 2020. In 2019, Laredo spent $30,000 quarterly before boosting its commitment the following year.
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