$4.2M Spent on Lobbying Lawmakers in 2 Months

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Legislative Ethics Commission is reporting that $4.2 million was spent on lobbying in Frankfort in January and February.

That was about 10 percent more than the $3.8 million spent during the same period two years ago.

The Ethics Commission reported Thursday that Altria Client Services was the biggest spender, racking up more than $85,000 lobbying on legislation regarding taxes on tobacco products. Century Aluminum of Kentucky spent nearly $83,000 lobbying for a bill that would have allowed large industrial companies to purchase electricity at cheaper rates.

The most expensive party was thrown in February by Coal Operators & Associates, the Kentucky Coal Association, Kentucky Oil & Gas Association and West Kentucky Coal Association. They joined forces on a nearly $15,000 reception at the Buffalo Trace Clubhouse in Frankfort.

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