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NYPIRG- 2010 Lobbying

NYPIRG- 2010 Lobbying

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NEWS RELEASE 
For Immediate release: 3 pages For more information:
Friday, March 4 2010 Blair Horner 518 669-0886Bill Mahoney 518 817-3738
2010 A $WEET YEAR FOR ALBANY LOBBYISTS
SODA, WINE ADVOCATES CONTRIBUTE TO A RECORD-BREAKING $210 MILLIONCOCKTAIL OF INFLUENCETOP LOBBY CLIENTS SPEND MILLIONS MORE IN CAMPAIGN DONATIONS
According to lobbying data obtained from the Commission on Public Integrity, a record-shattering
$210,664,067
was spent lobbying in New York State in 2010. This bump
from 2009’s total of $
197.8million was an increase of 6.5%, a change that greatly surpassed the 1.5% increase in the ConsumerPrice Index.
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 The American Beverage Association topped all spenders pouring in $12,891,045 in opposition to theproposed soda tax. This was the
third highest amount ever 
 
spent 
lobbying by one organization in a year.Clients who self-
identified as “health & mental hygiene” topped all s
ectors, spending over $36 million.Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP remained the
state’s
top lobby firm, reporting$10,317,390. Political parties and the governor received the most money in campaign donations fromthe top 25 interests.
It should be noted that these numbers are preliminary and not yet official.
oday’s relative proximity to
the January 15
th
filing deadline might lead to additional forms being filed or processed, which could potentially increase these numbers a
nd other changes may occur based on CPI’s analyses
.
TOP 25 CLIENTS WITH 2010 CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONSRank Organization LobbyingCampaignContributions Total
1 AMERICAN BEVERAGE ASSOCIATION $12,891,045 $52,500 $12,943,5452 UNITED TEACHERS (NYS) $4,769,502 $1,601,817 $6,371,31931199/SEIU & GNYHA HEALTHCAREEDUCATION PROJECT
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$3,607,738 $0 $3,607,7384 ALLIANCE FOR A HEALTHIER NEW YORK $2,914,484 $0 $2,914,484
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For the purposes of this study, totals for the individual businesses and unions in partnerships such as 1199/GNYHA and CRP/ Extell are treated separately.
 
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5 CRP / EXTELL RIVERSIDE, LP $2,555,323 $1,000 $2,556,3236 HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATION OF NYS $1,489,348 $789,680 $2,279,0287 TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION (NYS) $775,568 $1,107,039 $1,882,6078 PUBLIC EMPLOYEES FEDERATION (NYS) $795,626 $1,013,453 $1,809,0799 CABLEVISION (CSC HOLDINGS, INC.) $980,191 $788,101 $1,768,29210GREATER NEW YORK HOSPITALASSOCIATION, SUBSIDIARIES & AFFILIATE $1,379,065 $371,438 $1,750,50311 VERIZON $1,314,306 $358,857 $1,673,16312 MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NY $1,200,295 $358,015 $1,558,31013 UNITED FEDERATION OF TEACHERS $1,358,838 $71,775 $1,430,61314 WEGMANS FOOD MARKETS, INC. $1,282,834 $54,250 $1,337,08415ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES INC. AND ITSAFFILIATES $1,067,502 $185,500 $1,253,00216 UNITED UNIVERSITY PROFESSIONS $1,211,760 $40 $1,211,80017 GOLDMAN, SACHS & CO. $1,118,312 $0 $1,118,31218 CHESAPEAKE APPALACHIA, LLC $1,090,958 $10,450 $1,101,40819 NEW YORKERS FOR FISCAL FAIRNESS $831,896 $0 $831,89620 BUSINESS COUNCIL OF NYS, INC. (THE) $720,887 $96,375 $817,26221 BANKERS ASSOCIATION (NY) $650,768 $101,500 $752,26822 WELLPOINT, INC. $658,635 $56,000 $714,63523ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES & ITSAFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS (NYS) $704,770 $0 $704,77024 CLEARING HOUSE ASSOCIATION, LLC (THE) $644,519 $20,500 $665,01925 EMBLEMHEALTH SERVICES COMPANY, LLC $617,359 $1,050 $618,409
LEADING RECIPIENTS OF CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS FROM TOP 25 LOBBY CLIENTS
 
Rank RecipientAmount fromtop 25 Lobbyists
1DEMOCRATIC SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE
HOUSEKEEPING (DSCCHOUSEKEEPING) $722,498.842 NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE
HOUSEKEEPING $663,666.153 NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE $536,100.004 NYS DEMOCRATIC SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE (NYS DSCC) $523,379.925 NEW YORK STATE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES FEDERATION PAC $475,000.006NYS DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE-HOUSEKEEPING(DACC) $428,958.597 NYS DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE (DACC) $344,200.008 ANDREW CUOMO $217,138.149 NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE $193,100.0010 WORKING FAMILIES PARTY, INC. $140,050.00
 
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TOP 25 FIRMSRank Firm Compensation
1 WILSON ELSER MOSKOWITZ EDELMAN & DICKER, LLP $10,317,3902 LYNCH, PATRICIA ASSOCIATES, INC. $8,128,6713 GREENBERG TRAURIG, LLP $5,440,6104 BOLTON ST. JOHNS, LLC $4,628,8045 KASIRER CONSULTING $4,197,5076 HINMAN STRAUB ADVISORS LLC $4,155,8987 MALKIN & ROSS $3,670,5198 BROWN & WEINRAUB, PLLC $2,933,1389 OSTROFF, HIFFA & ASSOCIATES, INC. $2,514,60010CONSTANTINOPLE & VALLONE CONSULTING LLC (FKACONSTANTINOPLE CONSULTING) $2,323,50011 PARK STRATEGIES, LLC $2,292,00012 DAVIDOFF MALITO & HUTCHER LLP $2,253,65613 MANATT, PHELPS & PHILLIPS, LLP $2,241,36614 ROFFE GROUP P.C. (THE) $2,215,78515 BOGDAN LASKY & KOPLEY, LLC $2,133,79616 WHITEMAN OSTERMAN & HANNA LLP $2,107,40317 PARKSIDE GROUP, LLC (THE) $1,919,55218 MARSH, WASSERMANN & MCHUGH, LLC $1,917,98019 BURGOS, TONIO & ASSOCIATES, INC. $1,828,50020 CAPALINO, JAMES F. & ASSOCIATES, INC. $1,778,48321 FEATHERSTONHAUGH, WILEY & CLYNE, LLP $1,775,10222 MEARA, BRIAN R. PUBLIC RELATIONS, INC. $1,752,50023 CORDO & COMPANY, LLC $1,624,96924 BRYAN CAVE, LLP $1,618,21325 YOSWEIN NEW YORK, INC. $1,604,750
TOTALS BY SECTORBusiness Nature Total
Health & Mental Hygiene $36,075,701.00Trade Associations $30,088,345.00Real Estate & Construction $21,427,682.00Public, Community Interest $14,676,719.00Education $14,629,657.00Labor $14,350,059.00Marketing & Sales $11,501,533.00Manufacturing $9,770,997.00Communications $8,963,368.00Insurance $8,928,777.00Banking & Financial Services $8,871,195.00

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