Georgetown boathouse lobbying gets a little more expensive

Georgetown must really want a boathouse on the Potomac. In the fourth quarter of 2009, the school spent at least $5,000 on lobbying efforts (PDF) ultimately aimed at getting the National Park Service to approve the proposed boathouse on the Potomac. That brings the total lobbying fees spent on the boathouse to at least $1,060,000, by Vox‘s count.

Unfortunately for Georgetown’s lobbyists in the Carmen Group, these are no longer boom times for boathouse lobbyists. In the first quarter of 2009, the group was pulling in $40,000 for talking with National Park Service officials about the boathouse. By the fourth quarter, though, the Group was only making $5,000 for helping Georgetown with “environmental documentation.”

According to Scott Fleming, Georgetown’s Associate Vice President for Federal Relations, boathouse lobbying now is focused around matching construction plans to existing sewage pipes that run along the river (although not into the river, Planeteers).

As usual, it’s impossible to know how much Georgetown spends exactly because of Fleming’s own lobbying report (PDF). The report says Fleming spent $20,000 on various lobbying efforts, including the boathouse and a potential West Bank hospital.

3 Comments on “Georgetown boathouse lobbying gets a little more expensive

  1. Let me first state I am an former GU rower, GU boathouse donor and an manufacturer of rowing shells. So, of course, I am in favor of the boathouse. But there are compelling reasons for the rest of the GU community to support it’s construction. The Potomac River is a tremendous asset for the GU Athletics. It allows nearly 150 students to participate in a Div 1 sport -most of whom never rowed prior to college without taxing limited campus space. With our own boathouse there would be additional opportunities for many more GU students, faculty and the surrounding community to enjoy this “green” sport. Programs for youth of DC are planned as well as community use of the indoor rowing tanks. The boathouse would take tremendous pressure off of Thompson Boat Center (Federally owned) and allow more high schools and out-of-school rowers to participate in this great sport. The cost of the building and annual maintenance we be funded by alumni, parents and friends. The price for the facility keeps growing due to obstacles real and trumped up to stymie the project. It is unfortunate that we need to engage lobbyists to talk with civil servants but that is the reality of Washington, D.C. It my fervent hope that reason will prevail and the project can proceed. Current and future Georgetown students deserve this facility and I hope the readers of your publication will support

  2. I am also a former GU rower who cannot understand why this project should not only be allowed, but welcomed. I cannot imagine any construction project that has been more thoroughly vetted. It’s a beautiful building that will make the river more accessible to everyone, not only because of the access it provides, but by relieving the congestion at the Thompson Boathouse.

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