Q: If authorized by the IHL board, may state universities contract with non-employee lobbyists? If so, must they use "self-generated funds"? Do funds donated by a university foundation constitute "self-generated" funds? Are university foundations prohibited from paying contract lobbyists to lobby on behalf of a state university?

A: Under current state law, IHL and state universities authorized to do so by the IHL board are not prohibited from employing contract lobbyists utilizing either appropriated funds or "self-generated" funds. (Attorney General's Opinion to Lucas dated January 16, 2009)