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Top lobbying firms get lion's share of lobby bucks

While there are more lobbying interests represented in Frankfort, the number of lobbyists has decreased by eight percent in the past 10 years, indicating the growth of lobbying firms which represent multiple clients.

Last year, the top 10 lobbying firms employing a total of 44 lobbyists, earned $10.8 million of the $18.7 million in compensation paid by businesses and organizations for legislative lobbying. So, seven percent of the 601 registered lobbyists represented almost half the lobbying employers and earned 58 percent of the compensation.

From the amounts earned, all lobbyists in 2016 paid $894,000 in expenses, including rent, phone, research and administrative assistance, food, lodging, and transportation.

The top earners among lobbying firms in 2016 are: MML&K Government Solutions, the lobbying office of the McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland law firm, has 10 lobbyists, representing 49 lobbying interests which paid the firm $2.16 million for lobbying in 2016. McCarthy Strategic Solutions, with seven lobbyists, representing 62 businesses and organizations which paid the firm $1.39 million for 2016 lobbying; Commonwealth Alliances, with three lobbyists representing 33 lobbying interests that paid the firm $1.35 million last year; and Top Shelf Lobby, with five lobbyists representing 36 clients that paid the firm $1.2 million in 2016.

Other lobbying firms include: Capital Link Consultants, with five lobbyists representing 28 businesses and organizations that paid the firm $1 million last year; Babbage Cofounder, with one lobbyist representing 30 lobbying interests which paid the firm $899,000 in 2016; JYB3 Group, with three lobbyists representing 26 clients, which paid the firm $800,000 in 2016; The Rotunda Group, with four lobbyists representing 18 clients that paid the firm $793,000 in 2016; Government Strategies, with five lobbyists representing 24 clients that paid the firm $652,000 last year; and Capitol Solutions, with one lobbyist who represented 13 clients that paid the firm $592,000 for 2016 lobbying.

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