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Spending by lobbyists hit all-time high of $23.1 million last year, surpassing previous high of $20.8 million

Kentucky lobbying spending hit an all-time high of $23.1 million last year, blasting past the previous high of $20.8 million set the year before. The record spending was a ten percent increase over the previous year and was driven by 731 lobbying businesses and organizations, the most ever registered in Kentucky. Top spender In 2018, 590 lobbyists were paid $20.4 million in compensation, which was...

With final spending numbers in, lobbying hits all-time high for 2018 General Assembly session

The final lobbying spending numbers for the 2018 General Assembly are in, and spending hit an all-time high of $10.67 million, putting Kentucky on track for a record-breaking year in which more than $22 million will be spent on lobbying. The lobbying spending reports filed by a wide array of businesses and organizations give another clear picture of the increasing importance of public policy to the...

Ethics Reporter: Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Altria top lobby spenders; commission adds two

More than $14.5 million has been spent on lobbying in the first eight months of 2017, a five percent increase from the $13.7 million spent during the same period in 2015, the most recent year with a 30-day regular session. The number of businesses and organizations employing lobbyists also continues to rise. There are 704 businesses and organizations employing lobbyists, four percent more than this...

Ethics Reporter: Lobbying spending hits all-time high during first eight months of 2014

Special to KyForward   Businesses and organizations lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly spent a record $13.6 million during the first eight months of 2014. Compared to the previous record of $13.2 million spent in the same period in 2012, lobbying interests are on track to set a new yearly spending record in Kentucky by topping the 2012 total of $17.8 million.   If, as expected, year-end...

Ethics Reporter: Lobbying spending in state continues its upward trend in 2014 session

Special to KyForward   Lobbying spending in Kentucky continued its upward trend in the 2014 General Assembly, although a $470,000 drop-off in spending by 2012’s leading spender made this year’s total ($8.7 million) slightly less than the record set in 2012 ($8.8 million), the last 60-day session.   During the recently-completed session, there were 662 businesses and organizations registered...