If Money Talks, Who Talked Loudest?

Frankfort, KY – The Legislative Ethics Commission's July report indicates health care interests spent $1.3 million lobbying lawmakers during the 2009 regular session.

Energy and utility groups were second, spending $561,000. Racing and gambling interests were third, spending $419,000. Next were public and private organizations, tobacco interests, banking and financial services and the insurance industry.

Total spending on lobbying in the first four months of 2009 was $6.7 million. During the same period, lobbyists reported spending zero dollars on food and beverages for individual lawmakers.