Lobbying is normal in the course of public business, but when the government lobbies itself, the practice can involve taxpayer resources used to pursue a political agenda.

Like expanding a state-run district that manages underachieving schools.

Restructuring a major health care insurer.

Or enacting right to work.

A Lansing State Journal analysis showed $556,000 in taxpayer money was used by state government agencies to lobby the Michigan Legislature in 2012.