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

A Different Kind Of Tournament, This Time For Federal Lobbying

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.