The Huffington Post of data from the Center for Responsive Politics.
Corinthian College which owns Everest College, the controversial tech school with among the nation's highest student loan default rates, led the way, spending $1.28 million on lobbying. Everest opened a branch in Milwaukee earlier this year despite the opposition of several Common Council members including the district's Alderwoman, Melele Coggs, the Hillside Neighborhood Association, the NAACP, AFT Local 212, Voces de la Frontera and several student organizations.
The Huffington Post emphasized the sharp increase in such spending took place at the same time that the U.S. Department of Education is attempting to regulation for-profit colleges. But Harris Miller, president of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, said that the lobbying was "not unique in any sense," comparing it to "...Boeing or defense contractors using their money to promote an agenda, which is to win a contract of the U.S. government."
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