In a contributing article to The Washington Post, UGA’s Anthony Madonna, an associate professor of political science in the School of Public and International Affairs, said that shrinking congressional staffer budgets leads to increased lobbying power. He said citizens should be concerned.
“Cuts to staff resources kill morale and increase turnover,” Madonna wrote. “So who’s left making policy? Lobbyists and interest groups, who are happy to fill in for free.”
He said that American taxpayers “may never know the cost of having special interest lobbyists help write tax and other legislation … unless someone runs a national educational campaign about your friendly Washington bureaucrats.”