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.