NYPIRG's lists top 100 lobbyists of 2011
Dec 16, 2011 12:02 am
NYPIRG, (the New York Public Interest Research Group), released its list of the top 100 lobbyists in Albany for the first ten months of 2011. Topping the list is a group called "The Committee To Save New York, Inc.," which spent nearly $10 million dollars. The Save New York group, which includes several top Cuomo contributors, ran ads in January supporting Cuomo's plans to cut the state budget, cap the growth of property taxes and other measures. All told $187.5 million has been spent lobbying Albany this year. Walmart, which spent $2.6 million, is fourth on the list of big spenders: the chain hopes to gain approval to build an outlet in New York City. A number of interest groups on both sides of the gay marriage amendment spent money, and five groups cracked the top hundred. Chesapeake Appalachia, the top industry supporter of hydrofracking, spent a measly $189,000 this year -- that's a far cry from the $1.1 million they spent over the same period last year, when they ranked 18th on the top 100 lobbyists list.