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Boston University Emerges Victorious in Third Annual "K Street Classic"

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The Center for Responsive Politics has its own March Madness bracket -- but in the parallel universe that is Washington, D.C., Boston University has already emerged victorious.

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The Center writes:

"...Boston University spent $960,000 on federal lobbying efforts during 2010, defeating an eighth-seeded University of Michigan ($460,000) in the K Street Classic's mock championship game.

"In this tournament of lobbying, the University of Pittsburgh would prove to be the only No. 1 seed to advance to the Final Four, with Ohio State faltering in the Sweet 16, Duke tanking in the Round of 32 and Kansas getting rock chalked in the opening round. (In reality, no team seeded No. 16 has ever beaten a team seeded No. 1.)

"Schools competing in the 2011 tournament spent more than $13 million on federal lobbying efforts last year, pursuing such issues as research funding, financial aid and infrastructure improvements. Some even petitioned the government on issues seemingly off the quad, from health care to gays serving in the military.

"In all, education-related entities spent more than $103 million last year on federal lobbying, with higher education accounting for most of that total."

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