Lobbying spending hits all-time high in 2017

02/01/2018 11:50 AM

FRANKFORT- Kentucky lobbying spending hit an all-time record last session.

Lobbying interests spent a whopping $20.8 million, narrowly beating the old record set in 2016 of $20.78 million.

The new record is even more shocking given the General Assembly was in session for just 30 days in 2017. The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission reports that in 2017, 615 lobbyists worked for 714 employers, and were paid $18.8 million, which accounted for more than 90 percent of all lobbying spending.

Lobbyist-paid expenses such as office rent and clerical assistance accounted for $846,917; employer-paid expenses such as travel reimbursement and professional or technical assistance was at $684,833, and employer sponsored meals, receptions and events accounted for $209,766 of the spending.

The top two spending lobbying organizations remained the same as 2016. Kentucky Chamber of Commerce spent $338,783 up from $281,378 in 2016. Altria (Philip Morris and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co) spent $312,196 up from $274,358 in 2016.

The other top ten spenders are:

  • Kentucky Justice Association ($177,419)
  • Kentucky Hospital Association ($167,861)
  • Anthem Inc ($157,000)
  • Marsy’s Law for All ($152,385)
  • Kentucky League of Cities ($147,049)
  • Kentucky Retail Federation ($140,147)
  • Molina Healthcare ($129,600)
  • U.S. Justice Action Network ($120,604)

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

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