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Ethics Reporter: First month of session sees one-month record of $1.9 million for lobbyists

Special to KyForward

In the first month of the 2014 General Assembly, lobbyists and their employers spent over $2.1 million on lobbying, including a one-month record of $1.9 million on compensating 598 lobbyists.


However, the total spending is less than was spent in the comparable month two years ago, when the total was inflated by a $182,000 expenditure by a single employer of lobbyists.

Of the 645 businesses and organizations employing lobbyists, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce was the leading spender for the month at $34,724, followed by Altria at $30,698. Other top spenders in January include: Kentucky Hospital Association ($27,583); Kentucky Retail Federation ($22,850); Teachers Insurance and Annuity ($21,667); Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives ($20,396); Kentucky Justice Association ($19,135); Kentucky Medical Association ($18,826); Kentucky Bankers Association ($18,080); AT&T ($17,635); Lloyd’s America ($17,146); United Parcel Service ($17,050);

CSX Corp. ($16,910); Kentuckians for the Commonwealth ($16,222); Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation ($15,460); Kentucky League of Cities ($15,245); Kentucky Association of School Administrators ($15,200); D-C Elevator ($15,000); Norton Healthcare ($14,500); Home Builders Association of Kentucky ($14,425); Baptist Health ($14,000); Kentucky Education Association ($13,937); Kentucky Optometric Association ($13750); and Kentucky Association of Manufacturers ($12,096).

Lobbyists and their employers spent about $32,000 in January on receptions and events, including $11,414 spent by CSX, Norfolk Southern, and Paducah & Louisville Railway on a reception held on rail cars parked in downtown Frankfort. The Kentucky Rural Water Association spent $4,663 on a legislative breakfast at the Capital Plaza Hotel; the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce spent $4,197 on Chamber Day at the Lexington Center; Kentucky Association of Nurse Anesthetists spent $2,827 on a legislative lunch at the Capitol Annex; and the Kentucky Professional Firefighters spent $1,801 on a legislative chili dinner at Buffalo Trace Distillery.

Ethics Reporter is a publication of the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission. It is reprinted with permission.

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