Lobbying Activities: Federal Agenda

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Washington, D.C. lobbying services help fund vital projects

Lobbying Services Background

In addition to local and state funding sources, the City of Lake Elsinore has periodically sought Federal funding for vital projects. Federal funds are available through grants and sometimes through direct lobbying efforts. In FY 2009, the City received $337,500 in federal appropriations for Railroad Canyon Road and I-15 intersection right-of-way purchase and for technology procurements to upgrade the City's Emergency Operations Center.

Legislative Advocacy
In recent years, the City has contracted with The Ferguson Group, Inc. for Washington, D.C. legislative advocacy. Services include preparing an annual Federal Agenda to present to Congressional representatives for budget consideration. The City's Washington, D.C. delegation, comprised of the Mayor, Redevelopment Agency Chair and the City Manager, meets with representatives at least once per year in Washington, D.C.

During fiscal year 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, lobbying services were suspended and the contract with The Ferguson Group was not renewed. This is in large part due to a downturn in economic conditions and political change in Washington, D.C. that has eroded support for future appropriations requests (aka, earmarks), which have benefited our City and region.

The City will continue to monitor and take advantage of opportunities to voice support for local projects that benefit our citizens and the Southwest California region.

Project Funding Requests
Before suspending our lobbying services, the Fiscal Year 2010 Federal Agenda listed projects for which we were seeking federal funding. These requests were submitted to Congressional Representatives in March, 2009. See the links below for project information funding requests.

Budget Process
Once appropriations requests are approved by Congress, they become part of the federal budget, which is usually signed by the president prior to the federal fiscal year that begins on October 1. In 2009, a federal budget was not passed; therefore, continuing resolutions were authorized by Congress and signed by the president to continue federal expenditures until passage of the budget. President Barack Obama signed the 2009 federal budget on March 11, 2009.

Project Needs
The City's FY 2010 Federal Agenda consists of five transportation, water quality and public safety improvement appropriations requests totalling over $8.5 million. The links below will open a fact sheet describing the benefits, costs and timetable for each project:

FY 2010 Federal Agenda Project Fact Sheets

TIP: Contact information for federal, state and local representatives is available on the City's Elected Officials Web page. 

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