A team of North Iowa lobbyists arrived in Washington, D.C. Wednesday.
The lobbyists, (pictured in U.S. Representative Tom Latham’s office on Capitol Hill) include Mason City City Administrator Brent Trout, Mason City Mayor Eric Bookmeyer, EDC Director Brent Willett, Robin Anderson of the Mason City Chamber of Commerce, and others.
The trip is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, now said to be the largest lobbying organization in the country. A source close to the situation told NorthIowaToday.com that red scarves are required to be worn by everyone who takes the trip to Washington. (Rep. Latham is only person in the above photo not wearing the scarf.)
“The chamber is going to Washington to promote their agenda,” another source told NIT. “They are using the clout of local elected officials to gain access to higher ranking politicians in Washington.”
According to a page at Rep. Latham’s office, the lobbyists’ meeting with Latham focused on jobs issues, the uncertainty on tax structure and burden on small businesses. They also discussed completed projects like the Ventura marsh dredging.
The group is in Washington lobbying for federal dollars for North Iowa. They will be meeting with other politicians.
NIT will report on what, if any, dollars the group procures from the trip, which ends Friday.