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Who Spent the Most Lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly In The 2014 Session

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Lobbyists spent $8.7 million to lobby Kentucky lawmakers this year—and tobacco giantAltria led the pack at $156,000, according to records released by the Legislative Ethics Commission this week.

Some have pointed to the tobacco lobby's heavy spending during the 2014 session as a major contributing factor in the defeat of a statewide smoking ban.

Here are the top 10-spending companies and business interest groups to lobby the General Assembly: 


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The commission noted that the amount was about $470,000 less than the record-setting $8.8 million spent during the 2012 session, a decline it attributes to the activities of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.

The CHPA is the legislature's single biggest lobbying spender ever, setting a record of $486,053 during the 2012 session. The pharmaceutical group primarily spent on a pricey "phone banking and website advertising allowing direct citizen contact with legislators," according to the commission.

The report also details a dozen entities that were among the biggest lobbying spenders in 2014, but not in 2012.

  • Norton Healthcare ($68,900)
  • Kentuckians for the Commonwealth ($67,546)
  • Pew Charitable Trusts ($65,985)
  • Kentucky League of Cities ($65,548)
  • Home Builders Association of Kentucky ($60,948)
  • Wellpoint($58,500)
  • Kentucky State Building & Construction Trades Council ($57,051)
  • United Parcel Service ($54,950); 
  • Boardwalk Pipeline Partners ($54,500)
  • CSX ($54,001)
  • AK Steel ($53,658)
  • Kentucky Association of School Administrators ($50,350)

Copyright 2014 89.3 WFPL News Louisville

Jonathan Meador
JonathanMeador is the Frankfort Bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio.
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