Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the Capitol in Albany. (March 15,...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the Capitol in Albany. (March 15, 2012) Credit: AP

Lobby firms and their employees donated more than $1.8 million to candidates and campaign committees in 2011 -- with nearly one-quarter of the money going to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo -- according to a report released Monday.

Lobby firms gave $423,278 toward Cuomo's re-election, according to the New York Public Interest Research Group.

That's nearly three times the sum garnered by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ($143,539), who ranked second among candidates and committees. The Senate Republican Campaign Committee -- controlled by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) -- was third with $91,192, NYPIRG found.

No other candidate or campaign committee topped $52,000.

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