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General Assembly Lobbyist Spending Up Due to Advertising Money

Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort.

  Groups trying to influence lawmakers at the Kentucky General Assembly spent 11 percent more this year than they did two years ago.

The last time the legislature met for a 30 day session, groups spent $6.2 million lobbying legislators. This year, that number has grown to $6.98 million.

According to the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission, much of that increase came from a new requirement that lobbyists report spending on advertising, too.

The top spender for the entire session was Anheuser-Busch, which spent $380,000 on lobbying against a bill that sought to prevent out-of-state brewers from owning distributors in-state. That law ultimately passed; the group that lobbied in its favor spent only about a third of what Anheuser-Busch did.

Ryland Barton is the Managing Editor for Collaboratives for Kentucky Public Radio, a group of public radio stations including WKMS, WFPL in Louisville, WEKU in Richmond and WKYU in Bowling Green. A native of Lexington, Ryland most recently served as the Capitol Reporter for Kentucky Public Radio. He has covered politics and state government for NPR member stations KWBU in Waco and KUT in Austin.
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