A Different Kind Of Tournament, This Time For Federal Lobbying

05/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

March Madness isn't only for basketball. The Center For Responsive Politics seeds schools based on their federal lobbying efforts in what they call "The K Street Classic."

Here's more:

The colleges and universities competing in this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament aren't simply hardwood powerhouses. Most are also significant players in the Washington, D.C., lobbying arena, according to a Center for Responsive Politics analysis of federal disclosure data.

Schools competing in the tournament spent more than $12 million on federal lobbying efforts last year, pursuing such issues as research funding, financial aid and infrastructure improvements.

Texas A&M University takes the trophy this year with $900,000 in federal lobbying expenditures.

See the full write-up -- and get your bracket -- here.

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