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KY Legislative Ethics Commission reports lobbying spending at all-time high for odd-year session

Although the General Assembly met for only four days in January to begin the 2019 session, lobbying spending hit $2.2 million and broke the spending record for the first month of an odd-year legislative session. January’s record lobbying spending comes on the heels of the all-time high $23.1 million spent last year by businesses, organizations, and lobbyists pursuing their interests with the General...

Record high $8.4 million spent by lobbyists in first three months of 2018 General Assembly

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Spending by lobbyists during the first three months of the 2018 General Assembly reached an all-time high. According to the Legislative Ethics Commission, $8.4 million – a 17 percent increase over 2017 at the same time – was spent by lobbyists, led by tobacco tax, energy and healthcare issues. The top spender during the first quarter of 2018 was Altria, one of...

Lobbying spending reaches record high $2.6 million in first half of Kentucky legislative session

Immediately following a year of record lobbying spending, Kentucky businesses and organizations spent an all-time high of $2.6 million on lobbying in the first portion of the 2018 General Assembly session. After spending $20.8 million in 2017, 684 employers and 596 lobbyists started 2018 by spending 20 percent more than they spent in the same period at the beginning of last year’s session. The top...

Ethics Reporter: State Chamber of Commerce leading lobbyists in spending on legislators

More than $8.6 million was spent on lobbying in the first four months of 2017, including a 30-day legislative session. The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce spent $158,306, which is six percent more than the Chamber has ever spent in a comparable period, including in even-numbered years with 60-day sessions. Altria (Philip Morris) is the second-leading spender to this point, at $112,722. U.S. Justice...

Lobby spending exceeded $6.9 million during 2017 session; money total matches record set in 2015

Lobbyists and their employers reported spending $6.98 million in the 2017 session of the General Assembly. The total matches the record spent in the 2015 session, the most recent 30-day odd-year session. In the past year, the number of lobbying organizations has increased by nine percent, as Kentucky follows the national trend toward more state lobbying by businesses and interest groups, and more...

Ethics Reporter: Spending by lobbyists for businesses, organizations on record-breaking pace

Lobbyists and the businesses and organizations that employ them spent $15 million in the first eight months of 2016, and lobbying spending is on track to eclipse previous Kentucky spending records. The record for lobbying spending was set last year, when $19.3 million was spent. If spending continues at its current pace, at least $5 million will be spent in the last four months of the year, sending...

Ethics Reporter: Spending on legislative lobbying reaches all-time high of $9.53 million

The final numbers for the 2016 General Assembly are in, and lobbying spending hit an all-time high of $9.53 million, a nine percent increase over 2014, the most recent year in which there was a session that lasted 60 legislative days. During the session, 698 businesses and organizations were registered to lobby, and that is also a record number, and a five percent increase over 2014. The surge in spending...