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Record Spending on Lobbying

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ALBANY — The New York State Commission on Public Integrity released its 2007 Annual Report today.

Of particular interest is the record spending within the lobbying industry, which increased by more than $20 million last year. In 2007, $171.2 million was spent, up from $151 million spent the previous year.

For the eleventh straight year, the firm of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP, reported the highest lobbyist compensation, totaling $9.6 million for 2007; Patricia Lynch Associates, Inc., is the second highest earner, at $6.7 million (P. Lynch Lynch was Sheldon Silver’s top aide until 2001), followed by Bolton St. Johns, Inc. at $5.7 million.

Health and Mental Health organizations reported the highest expenditures from special interest groups, spending $26.7 million. Real Estate and Construction follow at $21.3 million, with Education at $13.2 million.

Clients ranked by highest expenditures are Verizon at $3.2 million, The Trustees of Columbia University of the City of New York at $2.2 million, and New York State United Teachers at $2.1 million.