But the university already has a strong presence in Washington - Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller and Reps. Shelley Moore Capito, David McKinley and Nick Joe Rahall.
WVU spokesman John Bolt argued that West Virginia's delegation needs help to represent it.
"It's not appropriate for us to expect the delegation to do that," he said. "They've got other things to worry about as well."
Few people in Washington were busier than the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd. But when WVU tried this in 1989, Byrd dismissed the lobbyist and placed a phone call.
"I then began to express to the university people my indignation and anger," Byrd said at the time. "I asked them: 'Why do you waste your money on a lobbyist when I'm being paid to be your senator?' "
Byrd's phone call should have been the end of it.
With the national debt topping $16 trillion, certain realizations are in order.
It does not improve WVU's image with the public that supports it when it uses money to hire lobbyists to get more.