UPDATED: Lobbying by Westchester County businesses declined in ’11

UPDATED 3/23:

Check out the second half of our lobbying report, which looks into the firms that Westchester companies most frequently employed to lobby on their behalf, and how those lobbying firms have adjusted to regulatory changes implemented since last June — just posted to Westfair Online!

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We hear all the time about how lobbyists are supposedly dominating politics.

Well, in this week’s edition, I wrote about how lobbying among Westchester companies actually¬†declined from 2010 to 2011 – by nearly 7.5 percent, in fact. In 2011, according to state records, 81 companies spent a grant total of just over $5 million on lobbying for state and local issues, compared to 84 companies spending just under $5.5 million in 2010 (note: federal lobbying was not part of the records).

Notably, 12 companies spent more than $100,000 each on lobbying in 2011, and four of the top ten spenders were in the health care field. The biggest spender was Entergy Corp. at $506,800.

Also of note, 30 companies spent at least $10,000 less in 2011 than in 2010, while 25 companies spent at least $10,000 more last year than the previous year.

The first part of the report was in this week’s edition, and can be found here. The second part of the report, which focuses on the lobbyists themselves, will be in our 3/26 edition and will be posted online tomorrow or Saturday – so stay tuned!