Lobbyists set a new record of $11.13 million for money spent at this year’s Kentucky General Assembly

By Tom Lateck
kentucky today

After COVID-19 drove down total spending for the previous even-numbered year legislative session in 2020, employers and lobbyists spent a record $11,130,780 lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly this year, according to the Legislature Ethics Commission.

The previous record for spending in a legislative session was set in 2018, with $10.67 million spent to influence lawmakers on legislative issues.

In other words, if that $11.1 million had been split equally among the 138 lawmakers, just over $80,000 would have been spent on each of them on lobbying efforts.

The top 10 spending organizations for the 2022 regular session were led by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, which spent $183,949.

The Kentucky Hospital Association was in second place with $149,046.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky spent $128,258; Altria Client Services LLC (Philip Morris), $126,793; Kentucky Pace-O-Matic, $106,150; Kentucky League of Cities, Inc., $102,195; Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, $86,168; Greater Louisville, Inc., $82,290; Kentucky Retail Federation, Inc., $82,118; while Anthem Inc. and its subsidiaries finished 10th at $70,597.

The end of the 2022 legislative session also resulted in several lobbying shutdowns reported to the Commission, as well as some news.

Licensed employers include: 23andMe; AdventFS; American Kidney Fund, Inc.; Ancestry; Bamboo Health FKA Appriss Health; Capital Broadus; Consumer Energy Alliance; Finseca; Frankfurt Independent Schools; Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Company; KY Animal Action; National Association of Social Workers Chapter KY; Ovid Ventures; Owl’s Head Alloys, Inc.; Purdue Pharma LP; RB Seelbach LLC; Recording Industry Association of America, Inc.; and Shaker Village from Pleasant Hill.

The new employers that registered with the Legislative Ethics Commission after the end of the 2022 session were: the Coalition for DNA Privacy, Kentucky Hemp Works and Students for Life Action.

The Kentucky Baptist Convention, of which Kentucky Today is a part, spent $5,500 on lobbying efforts in the 2022 session, which went to lobbyist and former state representative Dwight Butler. His efforts included lobbying against the passage of House Bill 136, a measure to legalize medical marijuana; as well as HB 606, establishing the framework for legalized sports betting in Kentucky. Both bills passed the House, but no final decision was made in the Senate until the end of the session.

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