Where there are lawmakers, there will be lobbyists.
That is just a fact of legislative life. But what shouldn’t be a fact is not knowing how lobbyists are spending millions of dollars to influence our state legislators.
Unfortunately, according to a new survey from the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington-based public interest watchdog group, Florida ranks last when it comes to the transparency of lobbyist influence. While three states received an F — Florida, West Virginia and Nevada — the Sunshine State is far and away the shadiest with the lowest score possible, a -6.