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Meridian hires lobbyists to work in D.C.

MERIDIAN — The city of Meridian has hired a lobbying firm to represent its interests in Washington.

Former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott is a senior counsel for Patton Boggs LLC, based in Washington. Patton Boggs acquired the Breaux-Lott Leadership Group in July.

The Meridian City Council approved the contract this week.

Mayor Cheri Barry tells The Meridian Star that’s important for the city to have a dedicated team of people in their corner fighting for the well being of Meridian.

The one-year contract with Patton Boggs LLC is worth $120,000.

Barry says that while congressmen have having helped Meridian in the past, they have to spread their energy among many different people, towns and districts.

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