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Ethics Reporter: Lobbying spending in 2015 on track to reach an all-time high of $18.7M

Special to KyForward   Lobbyists and the businesses and organizations that employ them spent $13.7 million in the first eight months of 2015, and lobbying spending is on track to break all records, even though this year’s General Assembly session was only half as long as the 60-day session held in even-numbered years.   The record for lobbying spending was set last year, when $18.4 million...

Ethics Reporter: Over $4M spent on lobbying in first two months; advertising now reported

Special to KyForward   About $4.2 million was spent on lobbying during the first two months of the 2015 General Assembly. In addition, businesses and organizations spent $574,000 on advertising in support or opposition to legislation pending before the legislature.   Under a law passed by the 2014 General Assembly, this is the first session in which employers are required to report lobbying-related...

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...