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