OKLAHOMA CITY — As Gov. Kevin Stitt moves to create a Washington, D.C., office to monitor federal policy and funding, some state governmental entities are already paying contract lobbyists in the nation's capital for that same purpose.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is paying $84,000 a year for a Washington lobbyist. The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University together paid about $700,000 in 2018 for D.C. lobbyists.
OU is likely to keep paying for its own representation in Washington even after Stitt has established an office there.
The governor is expected to begin interviewing people next month to represent the state’s interests in Washington. The governor’s plan is to start the office with one person renting office space near Capitol Hill.