University Of Florida students' lobbying firm helps put issues in front of Congress

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When students have wanted to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill, traditionally they've delivered petitions to Congress, organized a rally or started a grassroots advocacy campaign. But the University of Florida's student government is trying to get lawmakers' attention by means more often available only to big industries -- by hiring a federal lobbyist.

The students at UF hired Cardenas Partners in 2012, and pay $1,500 a month to reach out to lawmakers about interest rates on student loans, Pell Grants, education benefits for veterans and STEM visas.

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