Yes, governmental bodies have lobbyists. When I was on the County Board, the county and the City shared the lobbyists cost. I was the only NO vote. Way back when, a LTE I wrote, was published in the JS entitled, "Our dependence on federal government increasing". I ended my letter to the editors by saying "The government is seizing on this opportunity to expand our dependence on them"
Boy, was it ever an opportunity by the government to take more to DC and send back less to those who they took the most from.