"Access and Lobbying: Looking Beyond the Corruption Paradigm," by
Dorie Apollonio, Bruce E. Cain, and Lee Drutman, Hastings
Constitutional Law Quarterly
36:1 (2008) (attached; see below), has some very valuable
things to say about local government lobbying, even though it
focuses on federal government lobbying.
The authors note that, despite the greater focus of academics and
good government groups on campaign finance regulation, more money is
spent by companies on lobbying than on campaigns, a sign that they
feel it is a more valuable form of influence.
The big question the authors ask is, How should we be thinking of
lobbying regulation? Is it a sideline of bribery and campaign
finance regulations, or is it unique in important ways? Does it have
different goals and different constitutional limitations?