Denver’s big 3 lobbyists have deep relationships with city government and Mayor Michael Hancock
Hancock is seeking a third term in office in the spring municipal elections, and on the campaign trail he’s often criticized for his close ties to the business community, particularly developers.
“It seems problematic that an unelected lobbyist who’s accumulated a lot of power and influence over time seems to be able to get access on a bunch of different issues,” said Paul Teske, dean of the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. Teske says that lobbyists provide an important function, helping companies navigate a complicated city bureaucracy, “but with the money, with the time, with the airline trips, that’s not something open to other folks, other interest groups that have legitimate city concerns.”
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