The States and Puerto Rico, combined, spent $24,875,170 on lobbying the federal government, in the 1998-2002 period. About four-fifths of this money – $19,804,609, was spent by Puerto Rico. Much of the lobbying is directed at either statehood or greater federal benefits. One (partisan) source estimates that Puerto Rican statehood would involve a $3 billion welfare tab, in addition to food stamps for half of the island’s population. Here is the full story.