- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s ethics commission reports $226 million spent on state and local lobbying last year.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics says the total is $16 million higher than the year before.

Its 2014 annual report also shows spending on advertising for lobbying campaigns at a three-year high of nearly $16 million.

The report shows a record $194 million was spent last year on compensation for in-house and retained lobbyists, up $3 million.

Top spender is Families for Excellent Schools, with $9.6 million on advertising and event-related expenses. It has lobbied for lifting the cap on charter schools.

It’s followed by New York State United Teachers, the union that represents the state’s public school teachers, with $3.2 million in lobbying expenditures.



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