Boston city government does not register lobbyists, and state-registered lobbyists may or may not have any business before the Boston City Council. Still, wouldn't you like to know which councilors take money from lobbyists?
I would! And fortunately, state lobbyists include contributions to municipal candidates in their disclosures, which are posted and searchable on the Secretary of State's web site.
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I have a small item about lobbying expenditures on Beacon Hill in 2009 (to which I referred earlier this week).
The article is here: Bay State's Top Lobbyists.
Also, you should check out my colleague Chris Faraone's story on efforts to curb violence in Boston: The War Over Peace