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Lobbying Industry Means Big Money in the Empire State- A By the Numbers Look

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Lobbying Industry Means Big Money in the Empire State- A By the Numbers Look

May 2, 2017 @ 7:03 pm
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In our study on state lobbying, New York has been a chief villain. The Empire State ranked second in growth in overall number (933) and ninth in growth rate (22%). As a reminder, here are a reminder on the year by year numbers from New York:

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Behind the numbers, however, is an incredible growth in the amount of money being spent on lobbying.

From $120 million in spending in 2003, the number topped $210 million in 2013.[1] By 2015, the last year of our study, the number exceeded $243 million.[2]

The 2015 number was a state record which also followed records set in 2011 ($220 million) and 2010 ($213 million).[3] The low point since 2010 was 2012 where the spending on lobbying hit $205 million.

Now, we have been very careful throughout this study to be abundantly clear that spending money on lobbying is not in and of itself a bad thing. However, we did find it interesting that early reports tied a slight first half of the year decline in lobbying expenditures to increased corruption allegations.

“It went down because of the investigations,” said state Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn). “That’s what I think. But at the end of the day there are many different ways legally to be able to advocate for something you believe in.”[4]

We will be fleshing out the situation in New York further in a future article.

What do you think about the lobbying growth and spending in New York? We would love to hear from you. Join the conversation at https://www.facebook.com/takebackorg/ and continue to check Take Back.org for the latest thoughts on reform.

[1] http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/local/new-york/2015/03/22/gns-money-series/25192597/
[2] http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/new-york-lobbying-spending-reaches-243m-2015-article-1.2592502
[3] http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/lobbying-new-york-hit-210-million-2013-3rd-highest-total-blog-entry-1.1744722
[4] http://nypost.com/2016/11/14/lobbyists-are-spending-less-money-in-albany/

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