The University of Kentucky will pay a Washington D.C. lobbying firm with connections to U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, more than $500,000 over the next three years to represent UK on the federal stage.
Cornerstone Government Affairs will make about $15,000 a month to help UK secure more federal grants and research funding, as well as affect federal policy on higher education, according to university officials. Cornerstone Vice President Michael Higdon, former chief of staff to Rogers, will lead the UK team and work directly with UK's director of federal relations, Eric King.
Rogers is chairman of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.
Last year, UK received about $183 million in federal grants, contracts and appropriations.