Disclosure

First Aired Thursday, April 26, 2007

Lobbyists play a vital role in Montana state government.

Lobbyists play a vital role in Montana state government, offering a wealth of knowledge and assisting lawmakers in making informed decisions on complex issues. But how much influence do lobbyists and their employers exert on the legislature? How much does the public know about the money spent in an attempt to sway lawmakers and other state leaders? How much of that spending is being reported? In this half-hour documentary, MontanaPBS explores the state laws that govern lobbyist disclosure - laws that some critics say, are overdue for an overhaul.