ALBANY -- Lobbyists spent more than $109 million to influence state lawmakers in the first six of months of this year in a growing industry where there are now 32 lobbyists for every one legislator.
The report by the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics also shows that spending on lobbying rose 4 percent over the first half of 2013. The first half of the year includes most of the state legislative session.
The top client was New York State United Teachers, the state’s largest teachers union, which paid $2.6 million in lobbying over the six-month period. The United Federation of Teachers came up sixth, for spending $718,306.
The second biggest spending client was the No More Casinos Coalition that sought to stop Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s expansion of casino gambling to create jobs and boost the upstate economy.
The top lobbying firm in terms of compensation was Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz & Dicker, followed by Park Strategies with founder Alfonse D’Amato, the former U.S. senator.