The city of Frederick has paid more than $75,000 for lobbying efforts on behalf of the downtown hotel and conference center in the past three years.
The city released accounting records Friday, after a Freedom of Information Act request, detailing its contributions to the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce’s lobbying fees since 2014.
Greenwill Consulting Group, an Annapolis-based lobbying firm, is under contract with the Chamber of Commerce. Before 2014, payments for some lobbying efforts were made solely by the chamber, Richard Griffin, the city’s director of economic development, said.
For the past three years, the city has shared the cost — with other partners including the county government, Tourism Council of Frederick County and Downtown Frederick Partnership.
Breakdowns for the payments in 2014 — which came just after the 2014 General Assembly session and just before the start of the 2015 session — show that the city gave a majority share of funding that year: $50,000 of an $80,000 total.
The breakdown of contributions by entity were not included in the documents covering payments for the 2016 General Assembly session. But county government paid at least $5,000 toward lobbying efforts, according to a separate Public Information Act request.
The city paid $13,500 for lobbying in October, before the start of the General Assembly session in January. Their most recent payment was made last week, when an additional $12,000 was sent to the chamber, according to the records.
According to a disclosure filed with the Maryland State Ethics Commission, the chamber paid three Greenwill lobbyists a total of $26,800 since November.