Colby Hamilton, Writer, WNYC News
Colby Hamilton is a general assignment reporter. He originally joined WNYC as a political blogger. He's a proud graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
It's not quite the record-breaking lobbying efforts of 2010. But it's close.
The New York Public Interest Research Group today put out a report on lobbying in the first ten months of 2011. According to the report, nearly $188 million has been spent lobbying at the state and local level through October--$26 million short of the 2010 totals.
Topping the list this year is the Committee to Save New York, a pro-business group who have supported many of Governor Andrew Cuomo's budget efforts over the past year. The Committee spent over $9.7 million on lobbying efforts.
Following close behind were two unions, 1199/SEIU health care workers and the United Teachers, who combined to spend nearly $11 million on separate lobbying efforts.
The full report is after the jump, but take a look at this table on members of Congress lobbying Albany on redistricting. Congressmen Brian Higgins in Western New York and Joe Crowley here in the city appear to be hiring firms with close ties to the State Assembly. Congressman Elliot Engel from the Bronx is going the route of a firm run by former State Senators.